Sculptures for the Blind

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Sculptures for the Blind

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Sculptures for the Blind
by Lenka Clayton
and over 100 contributors 

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192 pages, 6.5 ” x 8.5”
ISBN: 978-0-9993655-0-2

In the archives of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I 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? I found the letter almost 40 years after it was written and discovered that it was never answered. I sent a copy of the letter to 1,000 curators, museum directors and other art professionals, inviting them to imagine that the letter was addressed to them and to respond to Mr. Morgan.

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