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Artists, land, nature
Gooding, Mel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2002]

Physical Description:
167 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 30 cm
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British ed. published as: Song of the earth.
Listening to the music. The mirror and the lens ; Figures in the landscape ; Strategies in the field / Mel Gooding -- Interviews. Herman de Vries ; Chris Drury ; Nikolaus Lang ; Richard Long ; Giuseppe Penone / William Furlong.
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N7650 .G66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Following the huge success of Abrams' books by artist Andy Goldsworthy comes this striking volume on six important contemporary artists who work in the landscape and make use of the materials and processes of nature. While the artists showcased -- herman de vries, Chris Drury, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Nikolaus Lang, Richard Long, and Giuseppe Pennone -- do not belong to a particular school, they are united by their empathy for the natural world and their decision to work outside the urban contexts of much modernist art.

Profiles of each artist, based on specially commissioned interviews, and an essay placing their art in both historical and contemporary contexts accompany high-quality color reproductions of significant and beautiful works. Here is a book with great appeal not only for art lovers but for anyone who has deep feeling for the natural world.

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Library Journal Review

The use of nature as palette and canvas has a long history, and this volume documents the contemporary use of natural processes and materials in the work of five varied artists. The introductory essay by art critic and curator Gooding offers an opportunity to examine the historical and intellectual context of these and other artists in terms of human relationships with nature. As discussed in interviews with British artist Furlong, the five artists represented in this work are all involved in the incorporation and manipulation of natural objects in the creative process. Their works are greatly diverse-including leaf forms by herman de vries, casts and assemblages of Aborigine artifacts by Nikolaus Lang, Richard Long's use of the landscape itself as material, Giuseppe Penone's interventions in nature, and splendid site-specific works of Chris Drury-but empathy and delight in the natural world is common to them all. The essentially ephemeral quality of many of these works and their often inaccessible physical locations make this volume a valuable source for any study of the contemporary art world outside of the urban context. With 100 full-color illustrations, this is suitable for any large collection with sections on environmental interests or landscape design.-Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.