Land art

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Also environmental art, earth art, Earthwork, ecological art, eco-art.

Artists

Documentation online:

Earth Works exhibition announcement, 1968. A sheet of heavy-stock cardboard flocked with sand.

Exhibitions

  • Earth Works, curated by Virginia Dwan, Dwan Gallery, New York, Oct 1968. Works by Carl Andre, Hubert Bayer, Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, Stephen Kaltenbach, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Smithson. [1] [2]
  • Earth Art, curated by Willoughby Sharp, Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art at Cornell University, New York, Feb 1969. Works by Walter De Maria, Jan Dibbets, Hans Haacke, Michael Heizer, Neil Jenney, Richard Long, David Medalla, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, and Gunther Uecker. Images, Catalogue.
  • Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form: Works-Concepts-Processes-Situations-Information, curated by Harald Szeemann, Kunsthalle Bern, Mar-Apr 1969. Show featuring a number of land/earthworks. Catalogue.
  • Land Art, TV-exhibition on ARD, curated by Gerry Schum, 35 min, 15 Apr 1969. Featuring Richard Long, Barry Flanagan, Dennis Oppenheim, Marinus Boezem, Robert Smithson, Jan Dibbets, Walter de Maria, and Mike Heizer. [3] [4]
Recent shows and retrospectives

Literature

Robert Smithson, The Collected Writings, 1996, Log.

Artists' writings

  • Robert Smithson, "Entropy and the New Monuments", Artforum 5:10, Jun 1966, pp 26-31; repr. in The Writings of Robert Smithson, ed. Nancy Holt, New York University Press, 1979, 9-18; repr. in Smithson, The Collected Writings, ed. Jack Flam, University of California Press, 1996.
  • Robert Smithson, "A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects", Artforum 7:1, Sep 1968, pp 44-50; repr. in The Writings of Robert Smithson, ed. Nancy Holt, New York University Press, 1979, pp 82-91; repr. in Smithson, The Collected Writings, ed. Jack Flam, University of California Press, 1996.
  • Gyorgy Kepes (ed.), Arts of the Environment, New York: G. Braziller, 1972.
    • El arte del ambiente, trans. Nely Coarasa, Buenos Aires: Victor Leru, 1978. (Spanish)
  • The Writings of Robert Smithson, ed. Nancy Holt, New York University Press, 1979; rev. & exp. ed. as Robert Smithson, The Collected Writings, ed. & intro. Jack Flam, University of California Press, 1996, xxviii+389 pp.
  • Alan Sonfist, Nature, the End of Art: Environmental Landscapes, Florence, Italy: Gli Ori, 2004.
Journals
  • Avalanche, 13 issues, eds. Willoughby Sharp and Liza Béar, New York: Kineticism Press, 1970-76. Magazine Index. CCIndex
Anthologies
  • Alan Sonfist (ed.), Art in the Land: A Critical Anthology of Environmental Art, New York: Dutton, 1983, 274 pp. [8]
  • Baile Oakes (ed.), Sculpting with the Environment: A Natural Dialogue, New York: Wiley, 1995, OL. Essays by 33 artists about their ecological work.
  • Jeffrey Kastner (ed.), "Documents", in Land and Environmental Art, ed. Jeffrey Kastner, Phaidon Press, 1998, pp 190-287, OL.
Earth Art catalogue, 1970, Log.

Catalogues

  • Earth Art, ed. Nita Jager, New York: Cornell University, 1970. For the 1969 exhibition.
  • Jeffrey Kastner (ed.), "Works", in Land and Environmental Art, ed. Jeffrey Kastner, Phaidon Press, 1998, pp 44-189, OL.
  • Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000-2010, ed. Kelly Baum, Princeton University Art Museum, 2010, 144 pp. [9]
  • Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012. Online catalogue.

Interviews

Art history and theory

  • Rosalind Krauss, "Sculpture in the Expanded Field", October 8 (Spring 1979), pp 30-44, ARG; repr. in The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture, ed. Hal Foster, Seattle: Bay Press, 1983, pp 31-42, PDF; repr. in Krauss, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, MIT Press, 1985, pp 276-290, PDF.
    • "A escultura no campo ampliado", Gávea 1 (1984), pp 87-93; repr. Arte & Ensaios 15:17, Rio de Janeiro: EBA, UFRJ, 2008, pp 128-137. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • John Beardsley, Earthworks and Beyond: Contemporary Art in the Landscape, New York: Abbeville Press, 1984, 144 pp; 2nd ed., 1989, 176 pp; 3rd ed., 1998, 224 pp; 4th ed., 2006, 240 pp. [11]
  • Gilles A. Tiberghien, Land Art, Carré, 1993, 312 pp; new ed., exp., Carré, 2012. [12] (French) Review: Rinuy (1995).
    • Land Art, Princeton University Press, 1995.
  • Udo Weilacher, Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art, Birkhäuser, 1996, 247 pp.
  • Marga Bijvoet, Art As Inquiry: Toward New Collaborations Between Art, Science, and Technology, Peter Lang, 1997. See esp. Part II.
  • Brian Wallis, "Survey", in Land and Environmental Art, ed. Jeffrey Kastner, Phaidon Press, 1998, pp 18-43, OL.
  • Malcolm Andrews, Landscape and Western Art, Oxford University Press, 1998, 256 pp. [13]
  • Sue Spaid, Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies, Cincinnati, OH: Contemporary Arts Center, 2002.
  • Suzaan Boettger, Earthworks: Art and the Landscape of the Sixties, University of California Press, 2002, 316 pp. Covers the period 1967-74. [14] [15] Reviews: Linsley (2004), Brady (2004).
  • Ben Tufnell, Land Art, London: Tate Publishing, 2006, 144 pp. [16]
  • Max Andrews (ed.), Land, Art: A Cultural Ecology Handbook, London: Royal Society of Arts/Arts Council England, 2006. [17] Review: Dillon (2007). A compendium of essays, dialogues and commissioned pages by artists, new and reprinted texts and interviews by ecologists, cultural theorists, activists and curators.
  • Ethics, Place & Environment: A Journal of Philosophy & Geography 10(3): "Environmental and Land Art", ed. Emily Brady, 2007. [18]
  • Joy Sleeman, "“Like Two Guys Discovering Neptune”: Transatlantic Dialogues in the Emergence of Land Art", in Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945-1975, ed. Rebecca Peabody, Getty, 2011, pp 148-163.
  • Jeffrey Kastner (ed.), Nature, London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2012. Review: Vogel (2012).
  • Linda Weintraub, To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, University of California Press, 2012, 384 pp. [19] [20]
  • Andrew Brown, Art and Ecology Now, Thames & Hudson, 2014, 256 pp. [21]
  • James Nisbet, Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960s and 1970s, MIT Press, 2014, 280 pp. [22]
  • Lucy R. Lippard, Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West, The New Press, 2014, 208 pp. [23]

Documentary film

  • Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, dir. James Crump, 2015, 72 min. [24]

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