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The Art of Life Paperback – October 26, 2011
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Just as you would walk around these figures to get the good of all aspects, novelist Traci L. Slatton's prose leads you along a route back through centuries of figurative sculpture and then loops back to Sabin, now a master sculptor, and through his education and his teaching.
The photography is excellent; it presents the work lushly, acknowledging every subtlety in the modeling - the flesh, the rightness, the sensuality. And the final 32 pages of uncaptioned drawings only amplify what you know by the time you reach them - that dedication and skill and comprehension and passion went into these sculptures before the armatures were built or the first clay applied.
I am thrilled by this brilliant book, spirit absolutely lifted by The Art of Life.
Of significant importance is not only the pleasure of seeing over 100 reproductions of Howard's art, in drawing form (he is an exquisite anatomist), plaster, clay, and bronze, but to hear the interplay between sculptor and writer explaining the history of the art of sculpture, the ties to the representational figurative art of the masters Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova, Donatello, Giambologna, and Rodin, in manifestation of the spirit of man as seen in the bronze reincarnation of the corporeal form, and in the seven chapters into which the book is arranged we are invited to explore A Call to Beauty, The Foundation Supports everything, Education brings freedom, An Artist's body of work is his biography, The daily grind or process makes perfect, Living with sculptures, and Drawings.
As impressive as Sabin Howard's creations are the writings of Traci L. Slatton are equally rewarding. She is a fine writer (novels Immortal, Fallen, and The Botticelli Affair and a crossover between science and spirituality book entitled Piercing Time & Space. It is the collaboration of these two fine artists that makes this book so appealing to a very large audience. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, May 12
The prose is elegant, descriptive & delightful to the senses. The beautiful photographs of the sculptures left me breathless. This book was a pleasure to read & I highly recommend it to any one who appreciates art.
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It did have plenty of art history, but the authors put their input and too much of their personal lives in this.
I understand how they were trying to show art imitating life, but this fell flat.
I see this book got a lot of 5 star reviews but it totally failed for me.