The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

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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. ...

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Overview

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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For travelers, maps make the world go round, but let's face it, most of us spend more time mastering the art of refolding them than contemplating their true art. Katharine Harmon, who enlightened us with You Are Here: Personal Geography and Other Maps of the Imagination (9781568984308), now takes us to the next level by sharing no fewer than 360 colorful map visions by the likes of Ed Ruscha, Maira Kalman, William Kentridge, and Olafur Eliasson. Editor's recommendation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568989723
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 348,513
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Harmon has produced more than a dozen titles such as Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant, and is the author of several books including You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, both with Princeton Architectural Press. She manages Tributary Books, a book development company in Seattle.
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