Land and Environmental Art

The definitive survey of Land Art and contemporary environmental art.

Edited by Jeffrey Kastner, with a survey by Brian Wallis


Price: USD$24.95


About the book
The traditional landscape genre was radically transformed in the 1960s when many artists stopped merely representing the land and made their mark directly in the environment. Drawn by vast, uncultivated spaces of desert and mountain as well as by post-industrial wastelands, artists such as Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson moved earth to create colossal primal symbols. Others punctuated the horizon with man-made signposts, such as Christo's Running Fence and Walter de Maria's The Lightning Field. For Richard Long, journeys became works of art while Dennis Oppenheim immersed his entire body in the contours of the land.

Survey Brian Wallis discusses the key artists, works and issues that define Land Art historically, as well as its later ramifications.

Works This book fully documents the 1960s Land Art movement and surveys examples of Environmental Art to the present day. Earthworks, environments, performances and actions by artists ranging from Ana Mendieta in the 1970s and 80s to Peter Fend in the 1990s are illustrated with breathtaking photographs, sketches and project notes.

In The Press

"What makes the book invaluable is the comprehensiveness of its illustrations and the fascinating collection of documents in its final section."—Modern Painters

"The inclusiveness of this compendium of sparkling photographs and previously published texts... is practically encyclopaedic."—College Art Association U.A.

"What an enticing book this is. It is great fun to browse through at leisure and it also serves as a serious scholarly reference."—The Art Newspaper

"This worthy tome... A good coffee table book to impress those art college and environmentalist friends."—Harvey Nichols Magazine

About the author(s)
Jeffrey Kastner, based in New York, is a writer on art and culture. Senior Editor of Cabinet magazine, he is a former Senior Editor of ARTnews, and Contributing Editor of Art Monthly. As well as lecturing on art in America and Europe, Kastner has contributed reviews and essays on contemporary art and popular culture for numerous magazines, including Artforum, Art & Design, Flash Art, The Economist and frieze.

Brian Wallis is Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York. As well as curating, he has taught Critical Theory at Yale University and was McCracken Fellow at New York University. Wallis has authored and edited numerous books on contemporary culture, among them Art After Modernism (New Museum/David Godine, 1984), Blasted Allegories (New Museum/MIT Press, 1986) and Constructing Masculinity (Routledge, 1995). In 1996 he curated the exhibition 'Counterculture: Alternative Information from the Underground Press to the Internet' at Exit Art in New York. Wallis was formerly senior editor of Art in America and a curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, where he organized serveral exhibitions including a Hans Haacke retrospective in 1986.

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