Andy Goldsworthy: A Collaboration with Nature

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A new generation of American and European sculptors is receiving critical and commercial attention for rediscovering, in the spirit of Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel (1913), the wealth of forms in everyday life. Variously labeled ``New Object,'' ``Metaphoric Object,'' ``Neo-Geo,'' or ``Simulationist,'' this new sculpture mimics familiar objects from industrial, domestic, and historical sources. Eight such artists are features in OBJECTives: Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Annette Lemieux, and Haim Steinbach from New York; Grenville Davis and Judith Opie from London; Katarina Fritsch from Cologne; and Juan Munoz from Madrid. This exhibition catalog, which presents works exhibited at the Newport Harbor Art Museum in California from April to June 1990, includes exhibition histories and a selected bibliography for each artist. Goldsworthy is an extraordinarily innovative British artist who employs a range of natural materials--leaves, bark, twigs, petals, berries, rock, clay, stones, feathers, snow, ice--to create outdoor sculpture that works instinctively in nature. His range of scale is impressive, from grasses and leaves to ice spires and slate stacks. Goldsworthy records his works in the 120 full-color photographs that are the subject of this book. The delicate tensions and balance of his collaborations encourage a sharpened perception of the natural world. Goldsworthy's introduction eloquently explains his working methods and philosophy and convinces the reader that he's doing more than playing the primitive.-- Russell T. Clement, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, Ut.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810933514
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 171,119
  • Product dimensions: 10.75 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    simple, lovely

    A friend of mine had this book on her shelf and when I saw it I was enchanted. The art is almost meditative in its simplicity. The artist's ingeneuity and patience are as impressive as his eye for unusual beauty. One photo is of a sphere of ice shards from a creek and the caption describes how he held each piece in place as he dripped water on the joins to 'weld' them together. Another shows a pebble beach after rain with a man-shaped dry spot - he created that image using his own body as a stencil, lying still for hours in a light rain. This book is beautiful, surprising, unique, delightful and a little bit odd, in a good way. The professional critics quoted above use words like 'simulationist' and 'delicate tensions' but its not just for artsy snobs. The artist's notes are simple and clear, revealing a lot about his motivation and his methods. Art students, nature lovers, anyone who is 'visually oriented' or just is looking for a neat coffee table book will love this one.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    My favorite book.

    My favorite book.

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