"Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation" is an up-to-the-minute survey of current global developments in contemporary sculpture and its close relative, installation. This vast medium of sculpture continues to be a central pillar of artistic practice, and "Vitamin 3-D" presents the outstanding artists who are engaging with and pushing the boundaries of the medium. "Vitamin 3-D" follows the success of "Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting", "Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing" and "Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography", presenting a cross-generational survey of contemporary artists from 27 countries.
Chosen from more than 500 nominations by significant international critics, curators, art historians and creative writers, "Vitamin 3-D"'s 117 established and emerging artists were selected on the basis that they have made a significant contribution to sculpture and installation (in their broadest sense) in the last five years. "Vitamin 3-D" allows the reader to look at the medium in detail, to study sculpture's unique properties in relation to itself, in relation to contemporary art and in relation to the world at large. An ongoing fascination with the key issues of modern sculpture, from the readymade to the specific object, today drives many artists to return to those issues again and again, with fresh and often surprising results.
In her evocative introductory essay for "Vitamin 3-D", Anne Ellegood uses Rosalind Krauss' landmark 1978 essay "Sculpture in the Expanded Field" as the basis to explore the wildly inclusive breadth and depth of work that the term 'sculpture' can now be applied to within contemporary practice - and the key historical moments that serve as the precedents for what we now understand as both sculpture and installation. Sculpture continues to strike out into new territory, harnessing the medium to confront today's commodity world in its own materials or conjuring visionary new objects and environments like nothing seen before. "Vitamin 3-D" contributes to these international debates on contemporary sculpture and installation while providing an accessible overview and a concise reference book in an innovative design that embodies the materiality of its subject.
Nominators and Contributors: Nancy Adajania, Negar Azimi, Sarina Basta, Devrim Bayar, Kirsty Bell, Iwona Blazwick, Andrew Bonacina, Thomas Boutoux, Lindsay Brown, Adam Budak, Jon Bywater, Giovanni Carmine, Luca Cerizza, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Tyler Coburn, Suzanne Cotter, Bice Curiger, Penelope Curtis, Trinie Dalton, Wouter Davidts, Lillian Davies, Diedrich Deiderichsen, Florence Derieux, Dominic Eichler, Anne Ellegood, Russell Ferguson, Richard Flood, Claire Gilman, Thelma Golden, Ann Goldstein, Isabelle Graw, Melissa Gronlund, Bruce Hainley, Kit Hammonds, Glen Helfand, Jens Hoffmann, Matthew Higgs, Laura Hoptman, Anthony Huberman, Ronald Jones, Geeta Kapur, Céline Kopp, Vasif Kortun, Miwon Kwon, Christy Lange, Sylvère Lotringer, Carol Yinghua Lu, Francesco Manacorda, Chus Martinez, Rosa Martinez, Tom McDonough, Charles Merewether, Domonic Molon, Shamim M. Momin, Tom Morton, Gerardo Mosquera, Neil Mullholland, Julian Myers, Bob Nickas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Sally O’Reilly, Adriano Pedrosa, Emily Pethick, Jenelle Porter, Bert Rebhandl, Beatrix Ruf, Ralph Rugoff, Barry Schwabsky, Trevor Schoonmaker, Katy Siegal, Katie Sonnenborn, Beate Söntgen, Rochelle Steiner, Francesco Stocchi, Alina Tortosa, Lee Triming, Marc-Olivier Wahler, Gilda Williams, Rachel Withers