Picasso and the Age of Iron Summary

Picasso and the Age of Iron

This extraordinary catalogue continues a trend in regarding Picasso’s sculpture as equal in importance to his painting. Always a superb draftsman, Picasso used wire sculpture for example, to open up the form, creating the same play between solids and voids represented on his canvases.

The full page reproductions of sculptures are essential to viewing the way they knife through and reveal space. Giacometti’s “Capsizing Man,” for example, thrusts out an impossibly long, wire-thin arm, that suggests a grappling with space itself, which on the one hand engulfs the figure, and on the other, is a stage for the figure’s dynamism.

The volume includes two fine essays on sculpture, a chronology of the events related to the exhibition, an anthology of writing by the artists, separate biographies of the artists (arranged chronologically by year), and an extensive bibliography of general books and articles, with separate sections on the individual artists. Much more than just a record of a single exhibition, this is an indispensable guide to twentieth century sculpture, a catalogue which exemplifies the way such an intricate and complex subject can be treated in book form.