Earthworks and Beyond: Contemporary Art in the Landscape

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Abbeville Press, 2006 - Architecture - 239 pages
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This invaluable volume now includes the most recent efforts by artistsG현often in collaboration with architects and city plannersG현to 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.

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INTRODUCTION
7
THE RAMBLE
41
TRADITION AND ANTECEDENT
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John Beardsley is Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

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