Sculpting In Stone || John Valentine

This is an attractively produced book that’s likely to appeal to anyone who has an interest in sculpture, whether as a viewer, consumer or practitioner.

One tends to assume that a subject like this is not something that beginners learn from books, but the examples illustrated, the clarity of both the text and the colour photographs (easily up to Black’s usual high standard) just make you want to find some tools and have a go. The back-cover blurb announces this as part of a new series and, if subsequent volumes are anything like this, they could build up into a very handy reference library indeed. A variety of styles and subjects are included are there’s work from several different contemporary sculptors resulting in there being a great deal crammed into a mere 96 pages. At £19.99, it’s isn’t cheap, but Black’s don’t compromise quality for price and it’s worth every penny.

A&C Black 2007

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