December 2, 2023

Contemporary sculpture trends

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Contemporary sculpture trends

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Contemporary sculpture trends

Sculpture is an artistic art form that has been around for centuries. Although this medium remains one of the most popular, the trends associated with it are constantly evolving. Over the past year, Saatchi Art’s experienced curators have evaluated and collaborated with artists and collectors alike to identify the current trends in contemporary sculpture.

fiber art

For the first time since the Pattern and Decoration movement, also known as New Decorativeness, of the 1970s and 1980s, fiber art—from wall hangings to standalone 3D abstractions—is growing in popularity among artists and collectors alike. The delicate, organic nature of materials such as wood, wool and linen bring a sense of comfort and serenity to a home, as can be seen in Gabriela Sagarminaga‘S fan wall sculpture.

Minimalist summary

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Anja Hessler in her studio.

As we see in other mediums, the beauty of minimalism coupled with the expressiveness of abstraction makes it a popular sculptural style. Rejecting the notion that sculpture must represent forms from nature or figures, minimalist abstract sculptors allow the viewer to focus on the form and material of the work, allowing for individual interpretation. This sculptural style translates the essence of nature and emotion, emphasizing art in its purest form.

pottery and resin

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Raku Wall Sculpture from Natalia Seva

Pottery and resin art date back to 7,000 BC. and have shaped the art world for centuries. Mediums are becoming increasingly popular in contemporary art due to the versatility of materials, allowing artists to create unique pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and durable. Artists push boundaries with their work, exploring new techniques and creating truly unique pieces. The versatility of these materials allows for different styles. Ceramic and resin art has become an integral part of the modern art landscape.

Reclaimed and misused

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Immanence #43 from jazz yang

In all areas of production and consumption, it is becoming increasingly urgent to consider the environmental impact of materials. Artists in particular examine the life cycle of their materials and use their practices to explore new, environmentally friendly materials. jazz yangFor example, she suspends found and discarded materials and objects in resin in her sculptural mixed media works.

With these new trends in sculpture, timelessness and tradition remain an underlying sentiment. Emerging sculptors pay homage to the past while creating innovations and unique, original works – guaranteed to make a great addition to any collection. Featuring artworks from the best emerging contemporary artists, Saatchi Art and our curatorial team are here to help you grow your collection for the new year and beyond.

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