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David Nash

by David Nash, Norbert Lynton (Introduction)
 

For more than forty years, David Nash has profoundly influenced a generation of artists, led by Andy Goldsworthy, with his groundbreaking sculpture, almost exclusively in wood. Working from a deep and ever-growing knowledge of trees, Nash was a pioneer in the aesthetics of “coming,” or growing works, and “going,” or works that are made with

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For more than forty years, David Nash has profoundly influenced a generation of artists, led by Andy Goldsworthy, with his groundbreaking sculpture, almost exclusively in wood. Working from a deep and ever-growing knowledge of trees, Nash was a pioneer in the aesthetics of “coming,” or growing works, and “going,” or works that are made with the intention that over time they will merge again with nature.

This lavishly illustrated book features a substantial biographical and critical introduction by the distinguished art historian and critic Norbert Lynton, who knew and championed the sculptor’s work from the late 1960s. The artist’s own extensive statements provide a unique insight into both his working methods and the thought processes provoked by this extraordinary collaboration with trees. 

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Library Journal

British-born artist Nash is a master of wood who creates lasting environmental works that blend into or accent nature. In the introduction to this book, the late Norbert Lynton, a noted art historian and critic, captures the spirit of this internationally acclaimed environmental sculptor and land artist. The book's six sections, which visit "worksites" from France to Japan to Nash's home in Wales, successfully combine stunning imagery with exceptional descriptive text by the artist. The sections highlight notable natural installations, some of which have taken years to evolve into the artist's vision, as well as sculptural wooden creations "recycled" from dead or dying trees and dynamic charred-wood sculptures that contrast light and dark, shadow and color. Nash also creates works using the shapes of the cube, sphere, and pyramid, representing matter, time, and space, respectively. With his reverence for nature, Nash captures the essence of artistic creation, and his insightful book should be used in training a new generation of sensitive sculptors and artists. Highly recommended for all type of libraries.
—Stephen Allan Patrick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810983342
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

David Nash is represented in many museum collections including the Tate Gallery, London; the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museums, New York; and the Setagaya and Metropolitan Art Museums in Tokyo. Nash was awarded an OBE in 2004. He lives in North Wales. Norbert Lynton was Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Sussex University until his death in 2007.

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