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-b.1886 d.1966...
The essence of a sculpture must enter on tip-toe, as light as animal footprints on snow. (Hans Jean Arp)

So I made unpleasant sculptures - and now they aren't unpleasant any more. That's the way it goes. (Georg Baselitz)

Sculpture like archaeology: You dig in and you find something. (Georg Baselitz)

-b.1590 d.1680...
There are two devices which can help the sculptor to judge his work: one is not to see it for a while. The other... is to look at his work through spectacles which will change its color and magnify or diminish it, so as to disguise it somehow to his eye, and make it look as though it were the work of another... (Gian Lorenzo Bernini)

An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow. (Edwin Booth)

Sculptures permit me to create real volume... One can touch the forms, one can give them smoothness, the sensuality that one wants. (Fernando Botero)

It is a great privilege to be able to work with, and I suppose work off, my feelings through sculpture. (Louise Bourgeois)

Sculpture is a three-dimensional object with a message... Painting is an object with a three-dimensional message. (Bob Brendle)

The ultimate goal of the sculptor is to capture the essence of the figure, that person's individual message, through the pose that comes from within. (Robert G. Breur)

All works of nature created by God in heaven and on earth are works of sculpture. (Benvenuto Cellini)

I say that the art of sculpture is eight times as great as any other art based on drawing, because a statue has eight views and they must all be equally good. (Benvenuto Cellini)

The conditions you need to be a good goalkeeper are exactly the same conditions you need to be a good sculptor! You must have a very good connection, in both professions, with time and space. (Eduardo Chillida)

Sculpture occupies real space like we do... you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object. (Chuck Close)

There is no substitute for feeling the stone, the metal, the plaster, or the wood in the hand; to feel its weight; to feel its texture; to struggle with it in the world rather than in the mind alone. (William M. Dupree)

My sculpture thrives in the context of the city, interacting with people in the course of their daily lives. (Janet Echelman)

As picture teaches the colouring, so sculpture the anatomy of form. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The art of sculpture is long ago perished to any real effect... it is the game of a rude and youthful people, and not the manly labour of a wise and spiritual nation. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Sculpture is a series of 3-dimensional shapes which, while fitting together, cause the perception of lines to the viewer, even where they do not exist. (Edward J. Fraughton)

Painters tend to ignore the challenges and thrills that sculptors enjoy daily - volume... like the perfect, imperfect voluminous oval of the egg. (Sara Genn)

We built a huge ice sculpture, which lasted about two hours. What we did create that will have a lasting effect was an opportunity for people to share stories. (Bart Habermiller)

Within every block of wood and stone, there dwells a spirit, waiting to be released. Direct carving is a way of freeing the spirit - my own and that of the stone or wood. (Hap Hagood)

Where the material ends, art begins. (Etienne Hajdu)

Moonlight is sculpture. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity. (Damien Hirst)

Metal is somewhat forgiving, stone is not. With stone, my exploration is done through drawings and time, lots of time studying the rock. Even with that, the rock will often reveal its hidden self, exert its will, change my direction, sometimes in a surprising discovery. These are "ah ha" moments. (A. Wayne Hooker)

When you slow down enough to sculpt, you discover all kinds of things you never noticed before. (Karen Jobe)

A fellow will hack half a year at a block of marble to make something in stone that hardly resembles a man. The value of statuary is owing to its difficulty. You would not value the finest head cut upon a carrot. (Samuel Johnson)

Sculpture occupies the same space as your body. (Anish Kapoor)

You can have the idea in one 'room' of your mind, and you can watch the figure develop in the 'room' between your hands. (James Kay)

Sculpture is more divine, and more like Nature, / That fashions all her works in high relief, / And that is Sculpture. / This vast ball, the Earth, / Was moulded out of clay, and baked in fire; / Men, women, and all animals that breathe / Are statues, and not paintings. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

I express myself in sculpture since I am not a poet. (Aristide Maillol)

A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking. (Michelangelo)

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. (Michelangelo)

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. (Michelangelo)

I love creating posthumous sculpture, to help a family with their grief, to help them to let go, while together we create continuing bonds. (Bridgette Mongeon)

A piece of sculpture can have a hole through it and not be weakened if the hole is of a studied size, shape, and direction. (Henry Moore)

A sculptor is a person obsessed with the form and shape of things. (Henry Moore)

In my opinion, everything, every shape, every bit of natural form, animals, people, pebbles, shells, anything you like are all things that can help you to make a sculpture. (Henry Moore)

I want to strip my work of 'effects' until it stands monolithic, based on reality and yet transcending it. It must flow naturally from my materials, from the way of the chisel and the way of the block... It is the ultimate ideal. (Shiko Munakata)

Stone carving is easy - it's the stone that's hard. (Ongis Mutan)

Sculpture is what you bump into when you back up to see a painting. (Barnett Newman)

I'd worry about eating my sculpture if it began suddenly crawling on its own. (Alex Nodopaka)

The essence of sculpture is for me the perception of space, the continuum of our existence. (Isamu Noguchi)

Everything is sculpture... Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture. (Isamu Noguchi)

I've always been more interested in how works of art reverberate when you're not in front of them than when you are. (Jorge Pardo)

The jargon of sculptors is beyond me. I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female, apparently pregnant, monster with one eye going around a square corner. (Ezra Pound)

When you see it in its large scale, there's an awful lot more of gesture and motion and so on. The beautiful, contained anticipation of action. There's been this attempt to simulate life, to capture a dynamic moment. (Bill Reid)

-on Auguste Rodin...
He was a worker whose only desire was to penetrate with all his forces into the humble and difficult significance of his tools. Therein lay a certain renunciation of Life, but in just this renunciation lay his triumph, for Life entered into his work. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

As paradoxical as it may seem a great sculptor is as much a colourist as the best painter, or rather the best engraver. He plays so skillfully with all the resources of relief, he blends so well the boldness of light with the modesty of shadow, that his sculptures please one, as much as the most charming etchings. (Auguste Rodin)

Sculpture is the art of the hole and the lump. (Auguste Rodin)

Where did I learn to understand sculpture? In the woods by looking at the trees, along roads by observing the formation of clouds, in the studio by studying the model, everywhere except in the schools. (Auguste Rodin)

Richard Serra, the great sculptor, personifies an artist for me. (Charlie Rose)

What I strive most to achieve in art is to make you forget the material. The sculptor must... communicate whatever struck his sensibility, so that a person beholding his work may experience in its entirety the emotion felt by the artist while he observed nature. (Medardo Rosso)

-on Alberto Giacometti...
What I see is teeming cohesion, contained dispersal... For him, to sculpt is to take the fat off space. (Jean-Paul Sartre)

The people who really took off and were empowered by [Newman and Pollock] - particularly in this country - were the sculptors and not the painters... there hasn't been any great American painting [since] that challenged abstraction in the way they did. (Richard Serra)

I would like to carve my novel in a piece of wood. (Georges Simenon)

To be a sculptor you need to be one part artist and nine parts navvy. (John Skeaping)

Sculpture is made with two instruments and some supports and pretty air. (Gertrude Stein)

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. (Henry David Thoreau)

A bystander asked an equestrian sculptor how he did it. The sculptor replied, 'I just chip away everything that doesn't look like a horse.' (Author unknown)

Sculpture, a very noble art, is one that does not in the execution require the same supreme ingenuity as the art of painting, since in two most important and difficult particulars, in foreshortening and in light and shade... the painter has to invent a process, [whereas] sculpture is helped by nature. (Leonardo da Vinci)

A hole in the block of a piece of sculpture is in most cases nothing but the expression of impotence and weakness. (Fritz Wotruba)


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