A New American Sculpture, 1914–1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach


A New American Sculpture, 1914–1945 is the first publication to situate the individual contributions of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach into a compelling constellation of artists with shared aesthetic and social concerns. Although each European-born, American artist cultivated his own distinct style, their creative priorities were all deeply rooted in quiet composition, synthetic approaches to anatomy, and architectural unity of curves and volume. At a time when abstract forms were popular, Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach were all ultimately in favor of maintaining the integrity of the human body to explore modernist styles. This handsome book underscores their unrelenting search for a novel American visual tradition at the intersection of modernism, historic visual culture, and contemporary popular imagery.

Designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, production by Sandra M. Klimt, Klimt Studio, Inc., this 185-page softcover book features 82 full color plates and is accompanying the exhibition on view through May 13, 2018 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The book is also available through the Portland Museum of Art where the exhibition originated. Edited by Andrew J. Eschelbacher, Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Associate Curator of European Art at the PMA. Essays by Eschelbacher, Michaela R. Haffner, Ronald Harvey, Shirley Reece-Hughes, and Roberta K. Tarbell. Distributed by Yale University Press.

Malcolm Grear Designers has collaborated with the Portland Museum of Art on several catalogues.