Travel anywhere in Texas, and you're sure to see sculpture in public settings. From the Confederate soldiers that stand sentinel on many courthouse lawns to the works of internationally renowned modern artists such as Alexander Calder, Texas' outdoor sculpture encompasses an amazing range of subjects, styles, and artists.
In this irresistibly browsable book, Carol Morris Little offers thumbnail descriptions of over 1,200 pieces of outdoor sculpture. The entries are grouped by city and, within city, by artist. A typical entry includes the artist's name, birth date, and nationality; the sculpture's date, type, size, material, location, and source of funding; and a comments section that gives interesting facts about the work. Many of the sculptures are also illustrated by black-and-white photographs.
Carol Little's introduction offers a concise, reliable history of outdoor sculpture in Texas, from early memorial pieces to current whimsies such as Stanley Marsh's Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo. Along the way, she discusses the contributions of Texas sculptors such as Elisabet Ney, Charles Umlauf, and Glenna Goodacre, as well as non-Texans such as Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Auguste Rodin, and many others.
With this comprehensive guide in hand, all Texas residents and visitors will discover the wealth of sculpture that enlivens our public spaces. Perfect for trips around the state, the book will be equally valuable for art historians, landscape designers, teachers, librarians, and local historical associationsindeed, everyone seeking information on Texas' sculptural heritage.