Lenka Clayton: Sculptures For Blind

Clayton, Lenka

Publisher J&l Books

ISBN 9780999365502

In the archives of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pittsburgh-based artist Lenka Clayton (born 1977) came across a letter written in 1978 by a member of the public to the curator of 20th-century art. The writer, a Mr. Brian H. Morgan, describes a white marble egg made by his Romanian great-grandfather Peter Finck. He notes a startling similarity between this egg and Brancusi’s “Sculpture for the Blind,” in the museum’s collection. The letter poses this question: “What is it about Brancusi that makes his egg a work of art suitable for a museum, and not the egg by Finck?” At its heart is a timeless question: how does one object come to be understood as an important work of art, while another, so similar, is entirely forgotten?

200 p, ills bw, 17 x 22 cm, pb, English


Lenka Clayton: Sculptures For Blind