January 7, 2015
The best living sculptors are a range of artists at the top of their craft, using new technologies; the contemporary sculptor is no longer confined to a single medium or style.
From found object magician Damián Ortega to the twisting work Anish Kapoor.
While many also work on a smaller scale, the artists defy the convention of sculpture, constructing often expansive works that respond to or reflect their environments.
Lynda Benglis – American, born 1941
She moved to New York at the apex of Minimalism in the 1960s. Using brightly colored polyurethane foam and incorporating wide-ranging influences, such as Abstract Expressionism,Process Art, Minimalism, Feminist art.
Damián Ortega – Mexican, born 1967
Having begun his career as a political cartoonist, Damián Ortega brings a honed wit and intellectual rigor to his sculptures, installations, and videos.
Antony Gormley – British, born 1950
In his sculptures, installations, and public artworks, Antony Gormley explores the relation of the human body to space and moments in time.
Tara Donovan – American, born in 1969
Tara Donovan fabricates site-specific installations using banal materials such as Styrofoam cups, paper plates, and No. 2 pencils.
Marc Quinn – British, born 1964
Marc Quinn creates provocative sculptural portraits composed of organic materials, such as in his ongoing series of “Blood Head” self portraits.
Rachel Whiteread – British, born 1963
Rachel Whiteread became the first woman to receive the Turner Prize with her sculpture House(1993), a replica of the interior of a condemned London house.
Kiki Smith – American, born 1954
Using a multitude of mediums and materials, Kiki Smith’s collections are meditations on life and spirituality, often featuring narratives about origins and endings.
Richard Serra – American, born 1939
The monumental sculptures of Richard Serra, one of the preeminent sculptors of the 20th century, emphasize or alter viewers’ perceptions of space and proportion.
Jeff Koons – American, born 1955
Jeff Koons plays with ideas of taste, pleasure, celebrity, “I believe in advertisement and media completely,” he says. “My art and my personal life are based in it.
These sculptors’ works are examples of modern creativity and fantastic innovations.