Artists, Land, Nature

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For the past four decades, an increasingly important trend in contemporary art has established itself that of artists who have embraced the context and inspiration offered by nature, though in a spirit distinctly different from traditional landscape painting. Artists, Land, Nature showcases the work of five important contemporary artists who work in the landscape and make use of the materials and processes of nature in their art. Their methods favor observation, collecting, and forms of manipulation that are more reflective than assertive, resulting in beautiful, sometimes ephemeral, work.
Chris Drury, herman de vries, Nikolaus Lang, Richard Long, and Giuseppe Penone do not belong to a particular school, but they are united by their empathy for nature and their decision to work outside the urban contexts of much modernist art. Interviews with the artists, conducted by William Furlong, reveal both widely differing motivation in their approaches to their work and striking similarities in their underlying concerns, and, sometimes, in their working methods. The introductory essay by Mel Gooding places these artists in both historical and contemporary contexts, as well as discussing other artists, including Roger Ackling, Sjoerd Buisman, Susan Derges, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Hamish Fulton, Andy Goldsworthy, Peter Hutchinson, and David Nash.

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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
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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