Re: Big names in contemporary figurative sculpture
Some of my favorites not yet mentioned:
Look at the Forum Gallery website (NY and LA based gallery). THey specialize in alot of contemporary figurative. You can sign up for a newsletter alerting you to new exhbitions.
For more classical style, look at the National Sculpture Society site, or their magazine, Sculpture Review. I find their offerings mixed, some technically accomplished but not emotionally very interesting, but some work is quite exciting, and many of the best known figurative sculptors working today in a classical style are elected Fellows of the Society.