252 pages : color illustrations, photographs ; 26 cm
Published on the occasion of "A Timeless Perfection: American Figurative Sculpture in the Classical Spirit - Gifts from Dr. Michael L. Nieland to The Westmoreland Museum of American Art", October 7 - December 31, 2017, curated by Barbara L. Jones.
"A Timeless Perfection: American Figurative Sculpture in the Classical Spirit - Gifts from Dr. Michael L. Nieland to The Westmoreland Museum of American Art" : October 7-December 31, 2017, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States.
The Gift of Art / Judith Hansen O'Toole -- The Discipline of Collecting: Dr. Michael L. Nieland / Graham Shearing -- A Timeless Perfection: American Figurative Sculpture in the Classical Spirit / Bruce Weber -- Sculptures -- Medallions
An extraordinary new generation of academically trained American sculptors emerged during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At the height of the Gilded Age, they achieved widespread critical and commercial success for works created on public commission as well as for private patrons. Working on both grand civic platforms and on a more intimate, domestic scale, they transformed the art of American sculpture. This catalog celebrates the exceptional gift from Dr. Michael Nieland to the Museum in 2015 and promised gifts for 2018 of fifty-seven late nineteenth and early twentieth century figurative sculptures. This gift significantly expands and adds depth to the Museum's sculpture holdings with such artists as John Donoghue, Mario Korbel, Malvina Hofmann, and Adoph Weinman, together with twenty-nine others, who are new to the permanent collection. Sculptures by Paul Wayland Bartlett, Harriett Frishmuth, Walker Hancock, and Frederick MacMonnies supplement and further enhance important pieces by these artists already owned by The Westmoreland. In addition, the gift includes one Kilian Brothers pedestal and forty medallions made by many of the same artists that further broaden the scope of the collection. Exhibition: Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, USA (07.10.-31.12.2017).