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Passageby Andy Goldsworthy
Synopses & Reviews
Andy Goldsworthy's Passage focuses on the journeys that people, rivers, landscapes, and even stones take through space and time. A cairn made by the renowned sculptor in the Scottish village where he lives reveals the influence that his work close to home has on projects he creates elsewhere. A series involving elm trees, from glowing yellow leaves to dead branches, exemplifies his work's vigorous beauty as well as its association with death and decay. Creations on the beach and in rivers explore the passage of time, while a white chalk path investigates the passing from day into night.
Passage also includes the Garden of Stones, a Holocaust memorial at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, where the artist planted 18 oak trees through holes in hollowed-out, earth-filled boulders. Documenting these and other recent works, this beautiful book is an eloquent testament to Goldsworthy's determination to deepen his understanding of the world around him, and his relationship with it, through his art.
"Stones, icicles, leaves, branches, grass — such are the media of England-born, Scotland-based artist Goldsworthy, who creates simple, striking and evanescent sculptures on beaches, rocks and forest floors: small shards of ice that he freezes onto stones, leaves he layers over the trunk of a dead elm. In more than 200 color photographs, Goldsworthy documents his works and their subsequent transformations as the leaves brown and the icicles melt, revealing as his subject the relationship between nature and time. Unlike the works by a previous generation of earth artists, such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, Goldsworthy's pieces have immediately connected with a larger public, as the success of his many books (Time; Hand to Earth; etc) suggests. In an essay (originally published in the New Yorker) about Goldsworthy's 'Garden of Stones,' commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Simon Schama declares that Goldsworthy is not the 'placid pastoralist' that some of his critiques would suggest, but 'a dramaturge of nature's temper, often fickle, often foul.' Other projects highlighted here include 'Three Cairns,' stone structures that Goldsworthy built and photographed in California, New York and Iowa, and 'Moonlit Path,' a winding trail of pulverized chalk that glows hauntingly in a West Sussex forest. Goldsworthy fans will relish the photos, as well as the artist's accompanying notes: 'I have to start with a strong idea but with an open mind about how best that idea can be realized.'" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Some of the works filmed in the process of their creation in Rivers and Tides, the documentary film on the artist, are also found in this attractive volume. The volume features a wealth of color photographs, many of them full- page (the book is slightly oversize, at 10.5x11.5"), of Goldsworthy's sculptures and installations, made of materials gathered in nature. Featuring sculpture made for natural and manmade sites, the book includes photographs of stone cairns; holes; ephemeral arrangements of leaves, branches, stones, or ice; and the 2004 installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The photos appear with the artist's journal entries on the process of producing the work and commentary by other authors. Not indexed.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Creations on the beaches and in rivers explore the passage of time, while a white chalk path investigates the passing from day into night. "Passage" focuses exclusively on such sculpture made by artist Goldsworthy since the turn of the millennium. These evocative images are illuminated by diary entries that chart his experiences working in Scotland and abroad. 0-8109-5586-5$60.00 / Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
- Passage is the first book by Goldsworthy to appear since the release of Rivers and Tides, the award-winning documentary feature film about him. The immense success of the film has brought Goldsworthy many more admirers to swell the already large audience for his work.
- The book focuses exclusively on sculpture made by Goldsworthy since the turn of the millennium.
- These evocative images will be illuminated by diary entries that chart his experiences working in Scotland and abroad.
- The first book to commemorate Goldsworthy's most publicized recent commission, the Garden of Stones, a memorial to the Holocaust, at the Museum of Jewish heritage in New York (on which an essay by Simon Schama with photographs by Richard Avedon appeared in The New Yorker in fall 2003).
- This book is being released at the same time as the paperback reissue of Goldsworthy's Hand to Earth. The two make a strong pair.
About the Author
Andy Goldsworthy's work is regularly exhibited in Britain, France, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. Although commissions take him all over the world, the landscape around his home in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, remains at the heart of his work. Goldsworthy's best-selling books for Abrams include A Collaboration with Nature, Time, Stone, Wall, and Wood. Terry Friedman is an architectural historian and former principal keeper of Leeds City Art Gallery and Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture in Leeds, England. He curated the first major retrospective of Goldsworthy's work, in 1990.
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