Rodin: The Cantor Foundation Gift to the North Carolina Museum of Art: Soft CoverBooks
By David Steel
In 1999–2000 North Carolina Museum of Art curator David Steel organized a comprehensive exhibition of more than 120 sculptures and drawings by Auguste Rodin. Over half of the works in the exhibition were drawn from the collection of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, the finest private collection of the master’s works. The exhibition drew more than 300,000 visitors, including Iris Cantor, chairman and president of the Cantor Foundation. Thus began a relationship that eventually led to the Foundation’s generous donation of 30 sculptures by Rodin and a portrait bust of the master by his pupil and mistress, Camille Claudel.
Steel’s book offers a comprehensive examination of the sculptures in the Cantor Foundation gift. It includes an introduction on Rodin’s life and career, plus individual entries on each of the 30 sculptures. Each work is illustrated in full color, and several entries feature color detail images. The book also includes a number of black-and-white comparative illustrations.
A noteworthy addition to the book is a documentary video, produced by Emmy award–winning videographer Art Howard. The video tells the story of the Cantor gift—including interviews with benefactor Iris Cantor and NCMA Director Lawrence Wheeler—and the arrival, conservation, and installation of the Museum’s new Rodin collection.
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