Professor Yonan contributes to new publication exploring sculpture collections
Sculpture Collections in Europe and the United States 1500-1930: Variety and Ambiguity includes a chapter contribution — “Porcelain as Sculpture: Medium, Materiality, and the Categories of Eighteenth-Century Collecting” — by Professor Michael Yonan. The book evolved from a symposium “Sculpture Collecting and Display, 1600-2000,” organized by the Center for the History of Collecting, that was held at The Frick Collection on May 19 and 20, 2017.
The book and Yonan’s contribution explore the motivations of collectors, modes of display, aesthetics of viewing sculpture and the ambiguous nature of sculpture collections, variously understood as decorative components of interiors or gardens, as objects of desire in cabinets of curiosity, or as autonomous works of art in private and public collections.
Sculpture Collections in Europe and the United States is part of the Studies in the History of Collecting and Art Markets series in Brill Press and can be purchased at Brill Press.