The Lightning Field

The Lightning Field

by Kenneth Baker
     
 

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Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field (1977), one of the twentieth century’s most significant works of art, is situated in a remote area in western New Mexico. It comprises four hundred polished stainless-steel poles (spaced 220 feet apart) installed in a grid measuring one mile by one kilometer. Critic Kenneth Baker visited The Lightning Field numerous… See more details below

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Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field (1977), one of the twentieth century’s most significant works of art, is situated in a remote area in western New Mexico. It comprises four hundred polished stainless-steel poles (spaced 220 feet apart) installed in a grid measuring one mile by one kilometer. Critic Kenneth Baker visited The Lightning Field numerous times over the course of the past thirty years. Inspired and challenged by this remarkable artwork, Baker speculates in this book on the course of our contemporary human condition. He weaves citations and elegantly crafted prose—in a metaphorical parallel to De Maria’s choreographing of the vast landscape of the American Southwest—to create a compelling and moving text.

Editorial Reviews

James Nisbet
“provides the most attentive ‘situated’ account of The Lightning Field yet to appear in print. Not a traditional art-historical treatment and, likewise, more expansive than the art criticism …”
Mary Parrish
“… a sobering collection of reflections thematically linked to Baker’s personal reactions to ‘one of the profoundest of American artworks.’”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014442596
Publisher:
Hol Art Books
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
1 MB

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