This is the catechism that I remember being preached by Milton Horn (1906-1995), (where the difference between "sculpture" and "little figures" is visual rather than conceptual, so it would not apply in the artworld of Jeff Koons)
Likewise, with this quote about "style":
"Style is most important, whether it be a book, a piece of music, a painting, or a piece of sculpture. But style is recognized only in retrospect. If one has style in mind while one is painting, one becomes stylistic. One produces a style after the Gothic, or Renaissance, or African. The style becomes superficial and becomes a manner, and we call that stylistic. My style comes out of my whole life.
The above piece of sculpture fits well into the social idealism of early 20th C. America (or Germany or USSR).
But Salemme is most famous for his portraits of famous people.
After WWII social idealism was a dead issue, and sculptors like Horn or Salemme were out of work (except in the USSR).
Horn moved to Chicago and would re-invent the unlikely genre of sacred Jewish sculpture, while Salemme moved 90 miles west to Allentown, Pennsylvania to develop a new version of Hindu mythology
Shiva and Parvati
I like these, but I do wonder whether there's a single Hindu who would consider them suitable for worship.
This is a scene within what Salemme describes as "a Buddhist symbol of the search for God" in the following video:
(the landscape elements remind me of Chinese brush painting, and kind of resemble the sculpture of his NY comrade, William DeKooning)
But he also does scenes from the Western religious tradition (above is David and Goliath)
and my favorite, Adam and Eve.
What a fine, curious snake, emerging from the foliage.
If only Al Gore had invented the internet 20 years earlier!
Here's the space which the Antonio Salemme Foundation has acquired to display his work in downtown Allentown.
I hope they can keep it going!
Following a different strategy, The Milton Horn Trust dedicated itself to distributing his work to various public sites including the Art Institute, the Lincoln Park Zoo, a hospital garden, and various Jewish institutions.
I live life dangerously by ignoring the advice of Chuang Tzu: "Your life has a limit but knowledge has none. If you use what is limited to pursue what has no limit, you will be in danger". Badly spoiled by my wife, I spend mornings in sculpture studio, afternoons in record shop, evenings on the internet, weekends at the Palette and Chisel Academy and Art Institute of Chicago, and, the time spent in between, reading world literature. Am currently focused on the Middle East and South Asia.