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Earthworks And Beyond: Comtemparary Art In the Landscape John Beardsley

Earthworks And Beyond: Comtemparary Art In the Landscape

John Beardsley

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ISBN : 9780789208811
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240 pages
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This invaluable volume now includes the most recent efforts by artistsGÇöoften in collaboration with architects and city plannersGÇöto transform ravaged landscapes and desolate cityscapes into pleasure-giving parks and artworks. The book begins withMoreThis invaluable volume now includes the most recent efforts by artistsGÇöoften in collaboration with architects and city plannersGÇöto transform ravaged landscapes and desolate cityscapes into pleasure-giving parks and artworks. The book begins with an enlightening introduction tracing the historical roots of art in the landscape: Stonehenge, Indian mounds, cliff dwellings, park design from 18th-century England to modern-day golf courses. The opening chapter deals with such innovative artists as Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, Walter De Maria, and Christo, who in the 1960s began to free their art from the confines of tradition by constructing monumental sculptures in the environment. The following chapters discuss their predecessors, peers, and successors, including Constantin Brancusi, Herbert Bayer, Richard Long, James Turrell, and many others. The final four chapters (chapter 7 is entirely new) explore at length the increasing involvement of artists in land reclamation and urban design, featuring projects by Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt, Mel Chin, Maya Lin, and many others.