When thinking about what I wanted to select for my list of 10 (Materials) – 10 (Artists) – 10 (Works of art), I began with thinking about some favorite artists who work in traditional sculpture materials like bronze and marble.
Isamu Noguchi could have his sculptures listed in many categories of materials from stone to metal, while with Henry Moore I could have listed easily over 10 bronze sculptures, or 10 stone sculptures. I decided to combine just one of each of these with a selection of sculptures whose forms are like the spiral seen at different scales, from Andy Goldsworthy’s Ice Spiral wrapped around a tree to the larger scale of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake in Utah, which echoes the Milky Way. Some sculptors like Constantin Brancusi, Julio Gonzalez, Alberto Giacometti and James Turrell I will save for later.
Many of these sculptures I have seen in museums, sculpture parks, or on site. I enjoy reading exhibition catalogues, particularly first-hand accounts like interviews with artists, and artists’ statements. Others I remember from books by Andre Malraux, Herbert Read, Vincent Scully, H.W. Janson, William Tucker, Rudolf Wittkower, Barbara Isenberg, and Jacob Epstein.