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Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas

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Art and Place is an extraordinary collection of site-specific art in the Americas. Featuring hundreds of powerful art works in 60 cities - from Albuquerque to Boston and Baja to Rio de Janeiro - the book is both an informative guide and a virtual bucket list of outstanding art destinations.

Conceived and developed by Phaidon editors, Art and Place covers carving, painting, murals, frescos, earthworks, land art, and more. Each of the works has a dedicated entry pairing gorgeous, large-format images with in-depth descriptions. Maps pinpoint the sites' locations while specially commissioned plans reveal some of the more complex layouts. The book is organized geographically, offering fresh juxtapositions among familiar art works, such as Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate and Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, alongside lesser-known revelations, such as Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea in Brazil. Whether in the mountains, at the heart of a city, or on a remote island, the works in Art and Place are all inextricably linked with their environment. This is art to experience in an immersive way, presented together in a single book for the first time.

Review:

"The most ambitious summary of site-specific art in the western hemisphere to date, this coffee-table book encompasses works that span two continents and thousands of years: from ancient geoglyphs in Chile's Atacama Desert, to pop artist Claes Oldenburg's whimsical clothespin sculpture in Philadelphia, and nearly everything in between. The editors, led by Amanda Renshaw, have organized the sites geographically, which encourages thrilling visual and conceptual relationships between sites across cultures and periods. It's a pleasure, for example, to view Michael Heizer's land artwork 'Double Negative' alongside the pictographs in Utah's Horseshoe Canyon. Similarly, it is revelatory to see that James Turrell's cavernous Roden Crater shares the sublimity of baroque church interiors in Ecuador and Brazil. Large-scale photographs allow for an immersive experience of these faraway, sometimes inaccessible sites, while the pithy commentary is highly informative. There are other reasons to admire this book, not least of which is the ephemeral nature of some site-specific art. Frank Stella's maximalist murals and relief sculptures in Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, for instance, among the largest site-specific commissions of the 20th century, are to be dismantled in the future. While it's a shame that site-specific works of street art are excluded, this book remains a striking achievement. 800 color illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780714865515
Author:
Hasting, Julia
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Author:
Phaidon Press
Author:
Editors of Phaidon
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
General Art
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Dimensions:
13 x 11 x 1.75 in 6.98 lb

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » Folk Art
Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Sculpture » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Sculpture » Technique
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Themes In Art
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The most ambitious summary of site-specific art in the western hemisphere to date, this coffee-table book encompasses works that span two continents and thousands of years: from ancient geoglyphs in Chile's Atacama Desert, to pop artist Claes Oldenburg's whimsical clothespin sculpture in Philadelphia, and nearly everything in between. The editors, led by Amanda Renshaw, have organized the sites geographically, which encourages thrilling visual and conceptual relationships between sites across cultures and periods. It's a pleasure, for example, to view Michael Heizer's land artwork 'Double Negative' alongside the pictographs in Utah's Horseshoe Canyon. Similarly, it is revelatory to see that James Turrell's cavernous Roden Crater shares the sublimity of baroque church interiors in Ecuador and Brazil. Large-scale photographs allow for an immersive experience of these faraway, sometimes inaccessible sites, while the pithy commentary is highly informative. There are other reasons to admire this book, not least of which is the ephemeral nature of some site-specific art. Frank Stella's maximalist murals and relief sculptures in Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, for instance, among the largest site-specific commissions of the 20th century, are to be dismantled in the future. While it's a shame that site-specific works of street art are excluded, this book remains a striking achievement. 800 color illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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