The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Of Flesh, Form and Matter: Sculpture Selected from the UAMA Collections

Aristide Maillol, Monument á Debussy, 1930 [in foreground]

May 29, 2008 – September 7, 2008

This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to present selections from the Museum’s diverse and far-ranging sculpture holdings. Rarely on view as a grouping, these works examine the myriad ways that artists from the 19th century to the present have approached the notion of “sculpture.”

By simple virtue of dimensionality, it may be said that sculpture has always referenced the human body. Furthermore, whether to sacred or secular ends, it has been engaged with persistent concerns — volume, modeling, material, surface texture, size and scale — from the earliest, most ancient examples of sculptural representation to the present.

Through a selection of artists from the UAMA permanent collections, this exhibition explores longstanding sculptural traditions and contemporary departures. As a survey, it suggests the vitality of ongoing artistic interests in flesh (corporeality and decay), form (structure and substance), and matter (materiality and meaning), from the mimetic effects of realist traditions, through the organic and geometric abstraction of Modernism, to the minimalist and conceptual endeavors of recent decades.

Curated by Dr. Lisa Fischman, Chief Curator, and Susannah Maurer, Assistant Curator

Resources

See the UA News video Of Flesh Form and Matter at the UAMA

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