Gourcuff Gradenigo: Constantin Brancusi: The Real Thing

Gourcuff Gradenigo Editions presents never-before-seen work about the French-Romanian artist Constantin Brancusic (1876-1957). The author Doina Lemnyspecialist of Brancusi, paints a meticulous and illustrated portrait of this recognized sculptor and stands out from the monographs produced on the latter by offering a new, enlightened view of his work.

Interspersed with numerous archival illustrations, the book is above all a formidable source of black-and-white photographs of Brancusi’s works, captured by the artist as further testimony to his talent and his visionary art. Sometimes he is embedded in the transparent planes at the back, sometimes he deliberately blurs the image or, conversely, he uses particularly rewarding lighting, Brancusi uses photography as a medium to guide his artistic process. In this the book reveals itself both biographically and intimately, making each page new and unique.

Constantin Brancusi, an important figure in modern sculpture, is the author of sculptures between figuration and abstraction. Considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Brancusi pushed sculptural abstraction in his artistic work to a level never before achieved in the modernist tradition. He also paved the way for the surrealist sculpture and minimalist movement of the 1960s. Brancusi is concerned with reducing shapes to their simplest expression, preferring the oval and using raw, unpolished materials. The Kiss, Bird in Space, Mademoiselle Pogany, The Sleeping Muse… so many of the sculptor’s works that remain emblematic to this day, unveiled by Doïna Lemny.

Doïna Lemny, a specialist in Brancusi’s work, has often written about the Romanian sculptor. Doïna Lemny, curator of the Brancusi collections of the National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Pompidou), is also an art historian, specialist in 20th century sculpture, used to comparing the artists of this period.

Revealing in detail her entire chronological journey, Doïna Lemny invites us to rediscover Brancusi’s work, mixed with unique photographs of the artist, of a rare subtlety and particularly emphasized in this book.

Constantin Brancusi: The Real Thing
Doina Lemny
Editions Gourcuff Gradenigo
Format: French
Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm
Bound book, printed on 170g matte paper
Number of pages: 240 pages
Sales price: 59 euros

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