Figures Toward Abstraction: Sculptures 1910 - 1940
According to Duchamp's visionary deconstruction, architecture is "sculpture with plumbing". In that vein, Figures Toward Abstraction are as close as one can get to pure architecture.
Modernist architects attempted this purification of architecture, but the perfect white cube, alas, devolved into a "machine", given all the pipes, chimneys, windows, bathrooms it had to feature. The necessity of function vitiated the purity of form.
Great modern sculptors on the other hand, succeeded in revenge: transforming the human body into a truly autonomous piece of architecture.
This illustrated booklet catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Figures Toward Abstraction: Sculptures 1910 to 1940, made in collaboration with the architect Daniel Liebeskind, at Luxembourg & Dayan, New York, 2017. It includes an introduction by Daniel Libeskind, 13 images, and an exhibition checklist.
13 x 23 cm. (5.5 x 9.5 in.)