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An Invitation to Words: The Sculpture of Antonio Mak

David Clarke


ANTONIO MAK, Gravity, 1993, bronze, iron, wood, tile, 25.4 x 8.9 x 40.6 cm. Photograph Almond Chu.

For a long time the most common schematic story concerning western modernist art was arguably the one which saw it as moving over time towards greater purity and autonomy. This involved an increasing abstraction as visual or formal qualities came to the fore. Art was seen as escaping from servitude to the written word, no longer being tied to illustrating pre-existing historical, mythological or…

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