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Modern to Contemporary Sculpture

Following advances in painting by European impressionist and post impressionist artists, modern, three-dimensional work began with sculptors such as Auguste Rodin, who in 1900, changed the landscape for sculpture with his work The Gates of Hell. Modern sculpture proliferated in the 20th century and dynamically questioned the definitions of art. Postmodern Art, generally from 1960’s – 1990’s, and Contemporary Art, indicating current art movements, generally from 2000-present, continues to challenge notions of art and culture.

The vast range of materials, fabrication techniques and artistic ideologies employed by Modern to Contemporary sculptors also challenge the conservation profession, requiring the upholding of conservation standards and re-evaluation of guiding conservation principles, balancing the act of preservation with compatibility of the artists’ intent.

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