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Paul Manship
Manship, John.
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Publication Information:
New York : Abbeville Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
216 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
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Includes index.
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NB237.M3 M36 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Booklist Review

A big, heavy, lavish, imposing tome heralds the revival of one of America's most successful sculptors. Paul Manship (1885-1966), influenced by the idealism of classical and renaissance sculpture, created allegorical and historical portrait statues distinguished by their fluid lines, sleek surfaces, and sensuous volumes. His most famous single work is the Prometheus fountain at New York's Rockefeller Center. He did not consider it his best, but it typifies his style during its streamlined efflorescence of the 1920s and 1930s that led to his wide public acceptance, regardless of whether that public knew his name, as the American Art Deco sculptor. That he was right about the fountain is verified by the preponderance of the 188 illustrations that show several lovelier, more complex and artful pieces of both heroic and small sizes. The accompanying text by his son is biographical and biocritical rather than analytic and apologetic; hence, it's more readable than many other big art books. For libraries undaunted by the price tag, this is a magnificent addition to the American art shelves. Notes, chronology, solo exhibition list, lists of public sites and collections containing Manship works, selected bibliography; index. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Paul Manship, as his son limns him here, was a sculptor obsessed with the passage of time, who believed that sculpture should embody a society's highest ideals. In this affectionate, lavishly illustrated biography, we see him as a high-school dropout in Minnesota, a young emerging artist at the American Academy in Rome, a newly married social climber in New York, an ardent opponent of fascism in the 1930s. There is much information on his commissions, his working methods and what he aimed to achieve in each piece. Although some critics dismiss Manship'sManfield? did he change his name?/no, we dummies Art Deco as kitsch recyclings of classical themes, his reputation has risen steadily since the early '80s. Spotlighted here are Prometheus for New York's Rockefeller Center, the Celestial Sphere in Philadelphia, potently erotic nymphs and satyrs, bronzes, heroic reliefs, sundials, equestrian statues, poetic sculptures for the 1939 New York World's Fair, and much else. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved