List of illustrations

  • Cubi VII
  • Die
  • Torso of a Young Man [I]
  • Torso of a Young Girl [II]
  • Golden Bird
  • David Smith, with Ninety Father, 1961 (unfinished state) and Ninety Son, 1961 (unfinished state)
  • Frank O'Hara, Southhampton, New York
  • Zig III and Zig II
  • Scultpures in the fields at Bolton Landing, New York
  • March Sentinel (Stainless Steel Planes), Two Box Structure, Two Circle Sentinel, Zig II, and Zig III
  • Zig II (unfinished state)
  • Sentinel I
  • Personage of August, Sentinel I, Running Daughter (unfinished state), Tanktotem VI, Sentinel II, Pilgrim, and The Five Spring
  • Personage of August and Sentinel II
  • Tanktotem VIII, Noland's Blues, Ninety Father, Ninety Son, and Rebecca Circle
  • Art New York: The Sculpting Master of Bolton Landing, stills
  • Art New York: The Sculpting Master of Bolton Landing, stills
  • Cubi VI, 1963, with Circle and Box (Circle and Ray), 1963, in the background, Bolton Landing Shop
  • Lectern Sentinel and Cubi VIII
  • Fifteen Planes
  • Fifteen Planes, detail
  • Cubi XI
  • Lonesome Man
  • Zig III (in progress, partial view); Black White Forward; Ninety Father (unfinished state); and Ninety Son (unfinished state)
  • XI Books III Apples
  • Tanktotem I
  • Cubetotem 7 and 6
  • The Hero
  • The Hero (Eyehead of a Hero), detail
  • Tanktomem IV
  • Tanktotem IX
  • Ninety Son (unfinished state)
  • Cubi and other sculptures
  • Socket (cat. rais. 578) and Socket (cat. rais. 579)
  • M. Junior Love
  • Fantail
  • Toy
  • Tinted Venus
  • Mustang Sally McBright
  • Miss Lucy Pink
  • Son of Dudes
  • Endzoneboogie
  • Dolores James
  • Tongue Pictures (in the foreground)
  • Socket
  • Huzzy
  • Penthouse #46
  • Poster for John Chamberlain, Soft and Hard: Recent Sculpture, Lo Guidice Gallery, Chiacgo
  • Panna-Normanna
  • Panna-Normanna, detail
  • F*****g Asterisks
  • Son of Dudes
  • Three Cornered Desire
  • Folded Nude
  • Kiss #28
  • Kiss #11
  • Kiss #11
  • The Kiss
  • Kiss #12
  • Kiss #26
  • Kiss #12
  • Panna-Normanna
  • Ultrafull Private
  • Nancy Grossman in her studio working on A.F.F.
  • The Edge of Always
  • Black Landscape
  • For David Smith
  • For David Smith, detail
  • For David Smith, detail
  • Cubi XVIII, Cubi XVII, and Cubi XIX
  • Bride
  • Bride, detail
  • Chiron
  • Potawatami
  • Potawatami, detail
  • Ali Stoker, view from side
  • Ali Stoker
  • Ali Stoker, detail
  • Ali Stoker, detail
  • No Name
  • Documentation of Nancy Grossman studio
  • Blunt
  • Blunt, detail
  • Nancy Grossman sculptures in progress
  • Mary
  • Mary, alternate view
  • M.U.S.
  • Documentation of Nancy Grossman studio wall
  • Nancy Grossman's Andro sculptures in progress
  • Andro III and Andro IV
  • M.L. Sweeney
  • Untitled (Nancy Grossman sculptures)
  • B.Y.K.
  • untitled (for you, Leo, in long respect and affection) 1
  • red and green alternatives (to Sonja)
  • Dan Flavin: some light, Kaymar Gallery, New York
  • icon V (Coran's Broadway Flesh)
  • final study for Coran's Broadway Flesh (small version)
  • icon V (Coran's Broadway Flesh)
  • Cover of Playbill 3, no. 27, for Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman at the Broadway Theatre, New York
  • study for icon V (Coran's Broadway Flesh)
  • icon IV (the pure land) (to David John Flavin [1933–1962])
  • icon VI (Ireland dying) (to Louis Sullivan); icon VII (via crucis); icon VIII (the dead nigger's icon) (to Blind Lemon Jefferson)
  • some light
  • the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi), Kaymar Gallery, New York
  • Dan Flavin: fluorescent light, Green Gallery, New York
  • Tennyson
  • pink out of a corner (to Jasper Johns)
  • one of May 27th, 1963
  • red out of a corner (to Annina)
  • diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Robert Rosenblum)
  • Installation view of Dan Flavin: fluorescent light, Green Gallery, New York
  • untitled (to the real Dan Hill)
  • untitled (to Janie Lee) one
  • Dan Flavin: alternating pink and "gold"
  • untitled (to Ellen Johnson, fondly)
  • Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)
  • Untitled" (Petit Palais)
  • untitled (in memory of "Sandy" Calder) V
  • Meet Ms. Western Artiste (page 1), with Rosenblum annotations
  • Meet Ms. Western Artists (page 2), with Rosenblum annotations
  • Dan Flavin, European Couples
  • The Resilience of the 20%
  • Before
  • After
  • Heather Cassils, Becoming an Image, Performance Still No. 5
  • Heather Cassils, Becoming an Image, Performance Still No. 2
  • Two-part Chair
Description: Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
Transformation was the norm in American sculpture of the 1960s. The decade saw thoroughgoing attacks on sculptural representation and on the very idea of the statue. In the wake of sculpture’s reconfiguration, modes such as assemblage, the reductive object, and earthworks proliferated. Rosalind Krauss famously dubbed...

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Description: Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
An epiphany for this project, which helped me envision its shape, occurred when I was leaving the David Smith retrospective at Tate Modern a number of years ago. One of the final rooms was the media room, and the 1964 televised interview between Smith and Frank O’Hara I discuss in Chapter 1 was being projected on a large wall. I had not intended to watch this...

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Description: Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
There are two opposed and seemingly irreconcilable tendencies in the critical appraisal of John Chamberlain’s sculpture. The first has been to treat the works as if they are simply and purely abstract, attending almost exclusively to...

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Description: Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
“Who are these people? Are they men, women, or generic human beings?” This was the question posed to Nancy Grossman by a group of art students when confronted with the works for which she has become most known...

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Description: Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
“Flavin’s dedications embarrass me,” John Perreault wrote in 1971. “I am consistently annoyed at Flavin’s bad habit of dedicating pieces. The motivations behind these gestures are, I am sure, proper, but the effect is sentimental…. Flavin is tough-minded in his art and tough-minded in his writings...

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Description: Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
While my aim has been to examine the historical complexity of the practices of the artists in this study, my work has also been motivated by current concerns about gender and art (that themselves find the 1960s as a formative and generative precedent). Ultimately, this book’s...

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Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender
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