“Shattering the Mould: Medardo Rosso and the Poetics of Plaster”

“Shattering the Mould: Medardo Rosso and the Poetics of Plaster” in R. Frederiksen and E. Marchand, eds., Plaster Casts: Making, Collecting and Displaying from Classical Antiquity to the Present (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010): 319-330.

An essay that discusses plaster in the work of Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) and his provocative uses of the material in original artworks, often in combination with wax and even with bronze. Hecker places Rosso’s unorthodox adoption of this material within a break with the neo-classical uses of plaster for casting and copying. She contends that Rosso drew on modern tastes for cheaper materials that became part of a new language of avant-garde sculpture. 

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