In the 1960s, many artists stopped merely painting or photographing the land and made their mark directly in the environment. Reflecting the counter-cultural impulses of the moment, artists rejected the gallery as a frame and the art world as an economic system. They were drawn instead to post-industrial wastelands or to the vast spaces of desert or mountain terrain. Expanding the field of sculpture, environmental art has also encompassed performance, conceptual art and the study of natural ecosystems. This book, illustrated with many photographs, documents the genesis of Land Art and its legacies.
As Jeffrey Kastner writes in the preface, "Our relationship with the land is complex. We exploit and attack nature, wrestling from it the things we need to survive. Yet we are also aware of its transcendent imperturbability, its awesome uncontrollable power... the best Land and Environmental Art highlights this contradiction, probing the limits of artistic activity with the limitless tools of the artistic imagination."
The artists featured in this book include Isamu Noguchi, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Walter De Maria, Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, Ian Hamilton Finlay, and many more.
"Installation art" loosely refers to the type of art that the viewer can physically enter into; it's also called "theatrical," "immersive," or "experiential." Installation art emphasizes sensory immediacy, physical participation, and a heightened awareness of other visitors who become part of the piece. This book traces the history of installation art from the "dream scene" of the 1938 Surrealist Exhibition, through the "happenings" of the 1950s and 1960s, through contemporary installations like Yayoi Kusama's "Dots Obsession."
What are the politics of installation art? What are its social implications? How do critical theories and psychoanalysis illuminate installation art? How do installations incorporate video and digital media? This book, illustrated with copious color photos, helps to explore these questions and many more.
The Twenty-First Century Art Book collects, with color photos and short descriptions, some of the most famous and influential works of art from the last twenty years: Marina Abramović's performance art "The Artist is Present," Ai Weiwei's "World Map," a Banksy mural, Anish Kapoor's "Cloud Gate." (You might know it as the big shiny "bean" in Chicago's Millennium Park.)
With works ranging from traditional painting and sculpture to performance art, installation art, conceptual art, and more, the 290 entries will stretch your ideas about what art can do and be.
Starting with the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and continuing up to the present day, Erika Doss charts the evolution of American art through modernism, Pop Art, abstract expressionism, and the development of installation art, video art, and digital art.
Illustrated with over 200 artworks from such artists as Georgia O'Keefe, Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, this book explores how American art has been shaped by feminism, by race and ethnicity, by our social and economic history, and by the controversies that have erupted as Americans have tried to negotiate what art means to them, and what place art has in American life and culture.