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The Art of Life Paperback – October 26, 2011
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"...With Sabin Howard's and Traci L. Slatton's The Art of Life, you are in the possession of a beautiful collection of essays and visually stunning content that renders a vivid glimpse into the world of sculpture and in particular the work of a young American classical figurative sculptor, Sabin Howard." Norm Goldman, Bookpleasures.com
About the Author
Sabin Howard is a classical figurative sculptor living in Manhattan. He grew up in New York City and in Torino. For twenty years, he taught art at the graduate and undergraduate levels.He has been elected to the board of the National Sculpture Society, has received numerous commissions, and has showed his work at more than fifty solo and group shows.
Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia, and she also attended the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Her other books are novels Immortal, Fallen, and The Botticelli Affair. Her nonfiction book Piercing Time & Space explores the meeting of science and spirituality.
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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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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
Publisher: Parvati Press
Books on art can sometimes be very dry, academic commentaries that often make for tiresome and tedious reading, except to those involved in the study of the subject matter.
However, with Sabin Howard's and Traci L. Slatton's The Art of Life you are in the possession of a beautiful collection of personal essays and visually stunning content that renders to its readers a vivid glimpse into the world of sculpture and in particular the work of a young American classical figurative sculptor, Sabin Howard. And for those who are not familiar with his brilliant work, it can best be summed up by a quote from the New York Times that has described him "as a sculptor of immense talent and has created some of the last decades most substantive realist sculptors. When viewing his works, visitors may be reminded of the times when Rodin and Donatello walked the Earth."
Combining their talents as writer and sculptor, this pair of kindred spirits have crafted a coffee-table book wherein each chapter is written in unambiguous language without any touch of drabness or mundanity. Moreover, even if you don't have a deep interest in the subject matter, there is nevertheless enough nourishment to the senses and the mind that will unquestionably provide you with a priceless and meaningful appreciation of the art of sculpture. Perhaps, you will likewise experience the same awakening that Traci and Sabin had when, in their youth, they first entered the Medici Chapel in Florence. What a treat that must have been!
Consisting of seven chapters that are spread over two hundred pages, The Art of Life divides itself into 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. Within these chapters readers enjoy a wonderful piece of historical narrative and excellent lively brief elucidations of sculpture from the Balikligol man of Turkey to Ancient Egypt's King Menkawre and his wife, to the Greek sculptors to the Italians like Donatello, Bernini, Michelangelo, Granbologna, and the Frenchman Rodin until their descendant, Sabin Howard.
Among the themes examined are how human spirit is elevated by art, why the authors believe that figurative sculpture is the greatest expression of truth, beauty and narrative that humans possess, Sabin's process, history and evolution as an artist: from New York City to Rome and back again, from the studio to the foundry, the value of art, which is not about investment or money, and what it means to create beautiful, relevant and important art. Incidentally, Traci does not contain her feelings when it comes to lambasting gallery owners whom she doesn't exactly treat with kid gloves.
Quite engrossing and gripping is the last chapter where Sabin illustrates his beautiful intricate anatomical drawings that have been garnered from his decades of experience in the studio, his many tens of thousands of hours working with life models and his sixteen years of teaching of the models for his sculptures that translate life into artistic terms. The sensuality of his creations, the sobriety of his material and the intricate details all give personality to his sculptures that participate in the art of living and create a visual conquest. The functional becomes poetry as these incredible realistic sculptures seem to evolve into a world in perpetual movement.
As with any good art book, it's the pictures that do the talking, and in this case the authors don't disappoint, as they have incorporated over one hundred majestic photos with accompanying descriptive texts concerning the works of some of the greatest sculptors as Michelangleo's Night, Bernini's Santa Theresa, Polykleitos's Doryphros, David and Hermes. Also included are images of Howard's magnificent work, who after years of training with the most prestigious teachers in New York and Italy, has succeeded in emulating these masters to their perfection as exemplified by his sculptures of Hermes, Apollo and Aphrodite. These are remarkable and breathtaking, showcasing lights and shadows.
This is one art book that will keep you enthralled for hours and you will probably concur with Sabin's teacher, Martha Erlebacher, who effectively summarized for Traci that "sculpture of the human form is a metaphor for the human desire to live forever. That desire is what's embodied in great sculpture." And as Traci adds, "we are fighting time. That's at the root of the human condition."
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.