Nature, the end of art: environmental landscapes

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Long considered a pioneer creator of ecological artworks for urban environments, Alan Sonfist has been fusing human history and the natural environment since the mid-1960s. Few artists have had such an unswerving, or generative, interest in the landscape--be it physical, social, or historical--that surrounds us. Alan Sonfist is that rare species of artist--not just a pioneer in a particular form or approach but a real trailblazer whose ideas have remained consistently interesting over the course of an entire career. No history of post-war art would be complete without an acknowledgement of his achievement.

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About the author (2004)

Alan Sonfist was born in 1946 in New York, where he came to prominence by creating that city's first urban forest, "Time Landscape, in 1965. Since his first solo exhibition at the Reese Palley Gallery in New York in 1970, he has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, including at the Corcoran Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Leo Castelli Gallery. He is the editor of "Art in the Land: A Critical Anthology of Environmental Art and has received numerous grants and awards throughout his career. A mid-career survey was held at the University of Iowa Art Museum in 1997.

Wolfgang Becker is a specialist of optical short-time measurement techniques and obtained his PhD 1979 in Berlin, Germany. Since 1993 he is the head of Becker & Hickl GmbH in Berlin. His field of interest is development and application of time-correlated single photon counting techniques. He is an amatuer astronomer and telescope maker and likes cats, skiing and beach volleyball.

Robert Roseblum is Henry Ittleson Jr. Professor of Modern European Art at New York University.

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