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The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

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Maps can be simple tools, comfortable in their familiar form. Or they can lead to different destinations: places turned upside down or inside out, territories riddled with marks understood only by their maker, realms connected more to the interior mind than to the exterior world. These are the places of artists' maps, that happy combination of information and illusion that flourishes in basement studios and downtown galleries alike. It is little surprise that, in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology, contemporary artists are drawn to maps to express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free of geographical constraints.

Katharine Harmon knows this territory. As the author of our best-selling book You Are Here, she has inspired legions of new devotees of imaginative maps. In The Map as Art, Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, Maira Kalman, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. Essays by Gayle Clemans bring an in-depth look into the artists' maps of Joyce Kozloff, Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, Guillermo Kuitca, and Maya Lin. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this an essential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.

Review:

"Edited by Katharine Harmon, the new collection The Map as Art from Princeton Architectural Press brings together 360 visions of experimental cartography. It is wonderfully inspiring." The Morning News

Book News Annotation:

Published in an oversized, horizontal format (10.25x9.25") and filled with color plates of excellent quality, this catalogue presents 350 works by an international range of artists, all of whom use, create, or somehow represent maps in their art. Themes such as personal terrain, inner visions, conflict/sorrow, and global reckoning provide the book's organization, with an essay by Gayle Clemans (Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle) on a featured artist introducing each theme. Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, and Maya Lin are featured, but judging from the quality of the works selected, any of the artists are noteworthy, and the book as a whole is unusually thought-provoking. If maps invoke a world, these maps invoke alternately the artist's world, or politics, or hopes, and fears. Includes a bibliography, but no index. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

As seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media outlets, The Map as Art is available now in a paperback edition. This volume by Katharine Harmon, author of our best-selling book You Are Here, extends that book's celebration of mapmaking to the world of artists' maps.

It is little surprise that in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology contemporary artists are drawn to mapsto express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free ofgeographical constraints. In The Map as Art, Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists—such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz—and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. Essays by Gayle Clemans bring an in-depth look into the artists' maps of Joyce Kozloff, Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, Guillermo Kuitca, and Maya Lin. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this an essential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.

About the Author

Katharine Harmon, author of You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, proposes a show-stopping hardcover book featuring map-related artistic visions. The Map as Art is filled with 250 works by well-known artists--Joyce Kozloff, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafer Eliasson, Paul Scher, William Kentridge, Vik Muniz, Guillermo Kuitca, Joseph Cornell, and Maya Lin, for example--and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. All are wayfinders, charting the highways and byways of the spirit and the topography of the soul.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568987620
Subtitle:
Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Essay by:
Clemans, Gayle
Essay:
Clemans, Gayle
Author:
Harmon, Katharine A.
Author:
Clemans, Gayle
Author:
Harmon, Katharine
Subject:
Maps in art
Subject:
Cartography in art
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Subject:
General Art
Publication Date:
20100901
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 10.25 x 1 in 2.27 lb
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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Product details 256 pages Princeton Architectural Press - English 9781568987620 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Edited by Katharine Harmon, the new collection The Map as Art from Princeton Architectural Press brings together 360 visions of experimental cartography. It is wonderfully inspiring."
"Synopsis" by , As seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media outlets, The Map as Art is available now in a paperback edition. This volume by Katharine Harmon, author of our best-selling book You Are Here, extends that book's celebration of mapmaking to the world of artists' maps.

It is little surprise that in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology contemporary artists are drawn to mapsto express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free ofgeographical constraints. In The Map as Art, Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists—such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz—and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. Essays by Gayle Clemans bring an in-depth look into the artists' maps of Joyce Kozloff, Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, Guillermo Kuitca, and Maya Lin. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this an essential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.
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