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Contemporary Sculptures

At the start of the 20th century, artists such as Auguste Rodin began to redefine sculpture as an artistic medium. By the mid-20th century, popular art movements such as Abstract Expressionism blurred the lines between painting and sculpture, paving the way for today's artists to explore sculpture in innovative ways.

Contemporary sculpture is increasingly used as a means of expression in response to current issues and has become more experimental, pushing the limits of what defines three-dimensional art and frequently incorporating other art forms such as assemblage and installation. Richard Serra, for example, is an artist whose large sheet metal sculptures have redefined the viewer's interaction with art in public spaces. Jeff Koons has merged popular culture and art in a way unseen since Andy Warhol's prints.


Quick Facts

  • Many contemporary sculptures make use of the surrounding environment and is intentionally created for a specific space
  • Land art is a contemporary movement that forms sculpture from surrounding land or earth, such as rocks, soil, leaves, and branches
  • Another growing subset of contemporary sculpture is light sculpture, which was brought to the forefront by artists such as Bruce Nauman and Dan Flavin

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METAL SOUND SCULPTURE IN THE STYLE OF HARRY BERTOIA
Oct 28, 9:00 AM PDT
METAL SOUND SCULPTURE IN THE STYLE OF HARRY BERTOIA
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$90010 Bids
METAL SOUND SCULPTURE IN THE STYLE OF HARRY BERTOIA
Oct 28, 9:00 AM PDT
METAL SOUND SCULPTURE IN THE STYLE OF HARRY BERTOIA
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $200
$8509 Bids
PABLO PICASSO, (Spanish, 1881-1973), Toros (A.R. 161), earthenware ceramic, diameter: 7 7/8 in.
Nov 07, 11:00 AM EDT
PABLO PICASSO, (Spanish, 1881-1973), Toros (A.R. 161), earthenware ceramic, diameter: 7 7/8 in.
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,6004 Bids
MARTIN EICHINGER, American (b. 1949), "Brimstone", bronze, height: 44 5/8 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
MARTIN EICHINGER, American (b. 1949), "Brimstone", bronze, height: 44 5/8 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,9003 Bids
Modern Texas Dandelion Chrome Sphere Art Sculpture
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
Modern Texas Dandelion Chrome Sphere Art Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$502 Bids
RICHARD MACDONALD, American (b. 1946), "Dawn", bronze, height: 15 inches
Oct 28, 6:00 PM EDT
RICHARD MACDONALD, American (b. 1946), "Dawn", bronze, height: 15 inches
by Shannon's
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
Glajcar, Angela (geb. Mainz 1970, Studium an der KA Nürnberg bei Tim Scott, Bildhauerin und Grafikerin),
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
Glajcar, Angela (geb. Mainz 1970, Studium an der KA Nürnberg bei Tim Scott, Bildhauerin und Grafikerin),
by Auktionshaus Plückbaum
Est: €0- €0
€2,0000 Bids
Azadeh Ghotbi (IR Contemporary)
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
Azadeh Ghotbi (IR Contemporary)
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Aubertin Bernard - Volture brulèe, 2010
Nov 06, 10:30 AM CET
Aubertin Bernard - Volture brulèe, 2010
by Aste Brina
Est: €400- €500
€3000 Bids
Unidentified contemporary scul
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
Unidentified contemporary scul
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
GIUSEPPE UNCINI 90-048-M SPAZI DI FERRO (MAQUETTE)
Nov 04, 4:00 PM CET
GIUSEPPE UNCINI 90-048-M SPAZI DI FERRO (MAQUETTE)
by Ambrosiana Casa D'Aste
Est: €30,000- €40,000
€18,0000 Bids
PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU JARDIN D'HIVER
Nov 04, 4:00 PM CET
PASCALE MARTHINE TAYOU JARDIN D'HIVER
by Ambrosiana Casa D'Aste
Est: €30,000- €40,000
€22,0000 Bids
Impressive Large Polychrome Wooden Boot On Stump
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Impressive Large Polychrome Wooden Boot On Stump
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $500- $1,000
$2000 Bids
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70's Palladio Italy Gold Floral Wall Sculpture
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
70's Palladio Italy Gold Floral Wall Sculpture
by Neely Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Daniel Arsham, American b.1980- Eroded Brillo Box, 2020; plaster with glass fragments multiple,
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Daniel Arsham, American b.1980- Eroded Brillo Box, 2020; plaster with glass fragments multiple,
by Roseberys
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,4000 Bids
EGGENSCHWILER, FRANZ: "Luzi-FER".
Nov 03, 2:00 PM CET
EGGENSCHWILER, FRANZ: "Luzi-FER".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF300- CHF500
CHF2400 Bids
GIGER, HANS-RUEDI: Biomechanisches Relief.
Nov 03, 2:00 PM CET
GIGER, HANS-RUEDI: Biomechanisches Relief.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF2,400- CHF3,600
CHF1,8000 Bids
Daniel Arsham - Eroded DeLorean, 2021
Nov 07, 6:00 PM CET
Daniel Arsham - Eroded DeLorean, 2021
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF4,500- CHF6,500
CHF4,0000 Bids
Invader - Space Invader (Red), 2003
Nov 07, 6:00 PM CET
Invader - Space Invader (Red), 2003
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF900- CHF1,200
CHF8000 Bids
Invader - Space Invader (Grey), 2003
Nov 07, 6:00 PM CET
Invader - Space Invader (Grey), 2003
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF900- CHF1,200
CHF8000 Bids

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