Michelangelo once said, “every block of stone has a statue inside it and that it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” A broader way to put it is that a sculptor’s job entails the wrenching one three-dimensional form from another—which is to say, creating some sort of sculpture out of some kind of material. Over the years the question of what that material might be and what form it might take has changed, but the essential job of the sculptor, as Michelangelo saw it, has not. To illustrate the point, we’ve selected a list of the top sculpture artists of all time—many of whom have examples of their work in the collections of NYC art museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and the Guggenheim. And, of course, Michelangelo is here along with other art-historical greats.
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