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Goldsworthy, Andy, 1956-
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2000]

Physical Description:
202 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 30 cm
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NB497.G64 A4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In his first major book in four years, internationally acclaimed artist Andy Goldsworthy presents a wealth of exciting new work informed by the passage of time.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The earth is Goldsworthy's medium, and he works quiet, fleeting miracles as he creates exquisitely delicate and temporal sculptures out of leaves, twigs, ice, petals, feathers, sand, water, and stone. Left open to the forces of time and change, each piece succumbs to the inevitable process of dissolution, an integral aspect of Goldsworthy's lyrically sacrificial art, and he captures these transformations in elegant photographs. This is his most comprehensive book to date, and the most revealing. In diary entries that chart his experiences working in Scotland (his home), Canada, New Mexico, Japan, and Holland, he writes eloquently about the why and how of his magical work, articulates his fascination with change and decay, and describes the challenges of working in such volatile settings as beaches and woods in winter. By reversing Western art's tradition of creating works that will last long after the artist has gone, Goldsworthy celebrates beauty's transitory nature and willingly embraces the full cycle of life and death. Donna Seaman

Choice Review

Scottish artist Goldsworthy is a poet of site-specific earthworks, a poet of place and natural materials like earth, rocks, sticks, water, ice, and moss. This beautiful book, profusely illustrated with lush color photographs, is a meditation on time that chronicles the ways that time and place are bound together in the continuum of the artist's creations. Photographs preserve "works" as ephemeral as a mat of grass-stitched leaves, floating on clear water and casting its shadow on the streambed below. The text, interspersed with photographs, takes the form of Goldsworthy's working diaries relating to particular places and projects--his native Scotland, Montreal, Digne, Nova Scotia, Holland, New Mexico, Cornell. He writes of failures and frustrations as well as successes, and we see how one project leads to another over the days and years. This is a wonderfully intimate and comprehensive portrait of an artist who has transformed some passing fancies of the art world in the 1960s and 1970s into a richly rewarding medium and a personal aesthetic. The volume includes a chronology of Goldsworthy's work (with bibliographic references) from 1975 to 2000 written by critic-curator Terry Friedman. All levels. W. B. Holmes; University of Rhode Island