America has always liked its public sculpture big. Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s (Princeton Architectural Press; $45), by Jonathan D. Lippincott, takes a close look at how 30 postwar artists were able to realize their grandest ambitions. Their work can be found across the country, from Minneapolis (Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden) to Marfa, Texas (Donald Judd’s 100 untitled works in mill aluminum at the Chinati Foundation). Below, three more epic creations that are worth the trip.
Where to View
New York City: Broken Obelisk, by Barnett Newman (MoMA).
Scottsdale, Arizona: Atmosphere and Environment XIII, by Louise Nevelson (Civic Center Mall).
Los Angeles: Smoke, by Tony Smith (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).