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The history of sculpture in the modern era justifiably begins with Frenc h artist Auguste Rodin\, who did more to change our understanding of the me dium than any artist since Michelangelo. He brought a level of expressivene ss to the figure that changed the very notion of three-dimensional represen tation. He is often cited for his ability to express internal experience an d emotion through external features.

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This exhibition begins with the mon umental bronze seated figure\, Cybele\, ca. 1890\, on loan from the private collection of Iris and B. Gerald Cantor. Another Rodin\, the museum?s smal ler important bronze\, Glaucus\, 1886-87\, is also on display. Two other mo numental works are featured in the main gallery: Henry Moore\, Woman (Seate d Torso or Parze)\, 1957-58\, and Robert Therrien\, No Title (stacked plate s\, butter)\, 2007. Moore?s monumental seated figure extends the expressive mode of Rodin into the high modern aesthetic of mid-century. And Therrien? s stack illustrates the movement into Minimalism and Pop art that character izes post-modern sculpture.

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Another giant of twentieth-century sculpture \, Pablo Picasso\, is featured in the main gallery near the entrance with m id-century pieces that suggest the artist?s command of materials and his ae sthetic power. Pregnant Woman\, 1950/59\, on loan from the Nasher Sculpture Center\, is an imposing figure that dramatically contrasts with the Rodin and Moore visions of the female figure. Picasso?s works\, simultaneously fi gurative and abstract\, reflect the currents of Expressionism dominant in t he post-WWII period. His glazed ceramic white earthenware Owl (Hibou)\, 195 1\, demonstrates the artist?s interest in redefining craft. 

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Together\, these works establish the historical trajectory of the exhibition and sugge st the wide range of possibilities that were opened up to sculpture in the twentieth century. The spoke galleries feature smaller-scaled works by many of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Several are devote d to Expressive Modernism\, featuring works by Edgar Degas\, Auguste Rodin\ , Marino Marini\, Alberto Giacometti\, Jacques Lipchitz\, Gerhard Marcks\, and Henry Moore. Other spoke galleries will represent Organic and Geometric Abstraction with works by Jean Hans Arp\, Alexander Calder\, Richard Stank iewicz\, Joel Shapiro\, and Leon Polk Smith. Later twentieth-century sculpt ures by Antony Gormley\, Gunther Uecker\, Donald Judd\, and Anthony Caro de monstrate Minimalist Experiments in sculpture. The corner gallery reference s artists whose interests in light and transparency led them to work in res in and glass\, such as Frederick Eversley\, Daniel Clayman\, and Jim Hodges .

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The exhibition also offers a glimpse into the expanding role of sculpt ure within post-modern practice\, with works by Claes Oldenburg\, Cal Lane\ , Richard Artschwager\, Lynda Benglis\, Bob Van Breda\, and Bettina Pousttc hi. The Pousttchi\, in particular\, offers another monumental work that eng ages with its forerunners in the history of sculpture\, linking Russian Con structivism\, Minimalism\, Light and Space. Finally\, the Media/Photography gallery demonstrates how new media artists have engaged with three-dimensi onality through innovative strategies in works by Tracey Emin\, Peter Sarki sian\, and Jennifer Steinkamp.

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This exhibition was organized by Palm Spr ings Art Museum.

DTEND:20140930 DTSTAMP:20141128T144329 DTSTART:20120331 GEO:33.7198221;-116.3868575 LOCATION:Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert\,72-567 Highway 111 Located at Entrada del Paseo at the westernmost intersection of Highway 111 and El Paseo \nPalm Desert\, CA 92260 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Rodin to Now: Modern Sculpture\, Edgar Degas\, Alberto Giacometti\, Donald Judd\, Henry Moore\, Pablo Picasso\, Auguste Rodin UID:229530 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR