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Andy Goldsworthy's Passage focuses on the journeys that people, rivers, landscapes, and even stones take through space and time. A cairn made by the renowned sculptor in the Scottish village where he lives reveals the influence that his work close to home has on projects he creates elsewhere. A series involving elm trees, from glowing yellow leaves to dead branches, exemplifies his work's vigorous beauty as well as its association with death and decay. Creations on the beach and in rivers explore the passage of ...
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Andy Goldsworthy's Passage focuses on the journeys that people, rivers, landscapes, and even stones take through space and time. A cairn made by the renowned sculptor in the Scottish village where he lives reveals the influence that his work close to home has on projects he creates elsewhere. A series involving elm trees, from glowing yellow leaves to dead branches, exemplifies his work's vigorous beauty as well as its association with death and decay. Creations on the beach and in rivers explore the passage of time, while a white chalk path investigates the passing from day into night.

Passage also includes the Garden of Stones, a Holocaust memorial at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, where the artist planted 18 oak trees through holes in hollowed-out, earth-filled boulders. Documenting these and other recent works, this beautiful book is an eloquent testament to Goldsworthy's determination to deepen his understanding of the world around him, and his relationship with it, through his art.

Author Bio: Andy Goldsworthy's work is regularly exhibited in Britain, France, the United States, Japan, and elsewhere. Although commissions take him all over the world, the landscape around his home in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, remains at the heart of his work. Goldsworthy's best-selling books for Abrams include A Collaboration with Nature, Time, Stone, Wall, and Wood. Terry Friedman is an architectural historian and former principal keeper of Leeds City Art Gallery and Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture in Leeds, England. He curated the first major retrospective of Goldsworthy's work, in 1990.

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Publishers Weekly
Stones, icicles, leaves, branches, grass-such are the media of England-born, Scotland-based artist Goldsworthy, who creates simple, striking and evanescent sculptures on beaches, rocks and forest floors: small shards of ice that he freezes onto stones, leaves he layers over the trunk of a dead elm. In more than 200 color photographs, Goldsworthy documents his works and their subsequent transformations as the leaves brown and the icicles melt, revealing as his subject the relationship between nature and time. Unlike the works by a previous generation of earth artists, such as Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, Goldsworthy's pieces have immediately connected with a larger public, as the success of his many books (Time; Hand to Earth; etc) suggests. In an essay (originally published in the New Yorker) about Goldsworthy's "Garden of Stones," commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Simon Schama declares that Goldsworthy is not the "placid pastoralist" that some of his critiques would suggest, but "a dramaturge of nature's temper, often fickle, often foul." Other projects highlighted here include "Three Cairns," stone structures that Goldsworthy built and photographed in California, New York and Iowa, and "Moonlit Path," a winding trail of pulverized chalk that glows hauntingly in a West Sussex forest. Goldsworthy fans will relish the photos, as well as the artist's accompanying notes: "I have to start with a strong idea but with an open mind about how best that idea can be realized." (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Picking up where Hand to Earth left off, this beautiful and evocative book surveys work produced by English sculptor and land artist Goldsworthy after 1990 (Hand to Earth documented Goldsworthy's work from 1976 to 1990). The eight projects presented are all concerned with rivers or water and are carefully and stunningly photographed. In addition, each is examined in a critical essay by various authors or a diarylike text or reflection by the artist himself, who is remarkably articulate. But these works, evanescent because of time, movement, and the decay of natural materials, speak for themselves; Goldsworthy's minimalist form, richness of color, and use of light and scale are quite moving. Located remotely across the world, these sculpture environments are made completely accessible here. Thus, the publication is a successful extension of the work itself. Highly recommended for all art collections. [The release of Passage coincides with the paperback release of Hand to Earth, which was originally released in 1990.-Ed.]-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810955868
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 593,996
  • Product dimensions: 10.62 (w) x 11.62 (h) x 0.87 (d)

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    Amazing works! This guy is gifted. He is definitely gold-worthy.

    Amazing works! This guy is gifted. He is definitely gold-worthy. ;)

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