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A New Look at the Portrait Bust
Selected and introduced by Peneople Curtis, Peter Funnell and Nicola Kalinsky
With essays by Malcom Baker and John Gage

The portrait bust is a much neglected form, despite its long history. We have forgotten how to 'read' a bust, largely because it seems so formulaic. This book encourages the reader to look anew at a sculptural formula which could, in fact, provide numerous subtle variations.

Specially commissioned photography takes the reader close to the key decisions made by the sculptors, focussing on treatment of eyes, skin and musculature, as well as on choices made in the overall design. The text provides an introduction to the subject, while essays place the portrait busts in their historic context, both as part of contemporary installations and as part of specific relationships between the sculptor and his sitter.


265 x 210mm, 63 pages
67 illustrations, 12 in colour, and illustrated index of exhibits
ISBN 9871 0008 1670
£9.99 (paperback)

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