Joseph Havel

A Decade of Sculpture

With contributions by Peter Doroshenko, Alison de Lima Greene, Amelia Jones, and Howard Singerman.

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 424 9

    Size: 304 x 230 mm / 9 x 12 in.

    Binding: hardcover

    Pages: 172

    In association with:

    Date published: June, 2007

    UK £29.95 /US $49.95


  • The first book to focus on Havel’s work from the last ten years of his career
  • Richly illustrated with 100 stunning images


Joseph Havel likes the physical facts of sculpture. Dispensing with the glut of imagery from various media in the world, Havel chooses images and shapes from his own life – not narrative, per se – as a way to organise the formal elements of his sculptural works. In Havel’s sculptures, objects such as buttons, shirt labels, shirts and bed sheets appear as a means to make his works accessible to a broader audience. He uses sculpture as the most recognisable sign of art while introducing installation elements that reflect a new artistic thought. His work is primarily concerned with how the information associated with his various objects and materials affects the individual in contemporary culture. Havel is interested in how people define sculpture, and in how three-dimensional information is constructed and manifested publicly. This richly illustrated book serves as the first major scholarly assessment of Havel’s career and places his work in the broader context of contemporary art.

Author information

Peter Doroshenko is Director of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, and curator of Joseph Havel: A Decade of Sculpture 1996-2006. Alison de Lima Greene is Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Projects, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Amelia Jones is Pilkington Professor in the History of Art, The University of Manchester. Howard Singerman is an editor and critic who teaches art history at the University of Virginia.