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Edited by Ariane Coulondre


Publishing 10th Jun 2024
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    • Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957) is one of the most significant and influential 20th-century artists and a pioneer of modernism
    • The attractive, comprehensive book offers a wide-ranging panorama of Brancusi’s entire career in the shape of a dictionary
    • Around 110 topical entries contributed by leading experts of Brancusi’s art and of modernism bring together the latest knowledge on the artist
    • Lavishly illustrated with some 350 images of Brancusi’s works as well as historic photographs and documents, many of which previously unpublished
    • Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris with further stations at three museums in the US in 2026–2028
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    Constantin Brancusi (1876–1957), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of modernism, is also referred to as the patriarch of modern sculpture. From A as in Africa to S as in Studio, D as in Dance, F as in Furniture or R for Reflections, this lavishly illustrated volume takes the open form of a dictionary to present Brancusi’s celebrated art in its full richness. More than 110 entries contributed by leading Brancusi specialists form a complete panorama of his career, from his native Romania to Paris, where he established himself in 1903, and to the United States, where his work was on display for the first time at New York’s legendary 1913 Armory Show.

    Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the book sheds new light on Brancusi’s creative process, his relationship with materials, his use of film, photography, and drawing, and his taste for music. It also addresses the global reception of his work and analyses the views on it taken by the writers and critics of his time. Moreover, it explores as well the significance of Brancusi’s art today, highlighting its resonance with contemporary artists.

    About the Author

    Ariane Coulondre is a curator in the Modern Collections Department at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She is also curator of Centre Pompidou’s 2024 Brancusi exhibition that will travel to the US in 2026–2028.

    Scheidegger & Spiess
    Publish date
    10th Jun 2024
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    270 mm x 190 mm
    328 Pages
    200 color, 150 b&w
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