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A companion volume to Tuscany Artists Homes, Tuscany Artists Gardens presents thirty Tuscan gardens designed and created by contemporary artists who have settled in Tuscany, and who have applied their artistic sensitivities to their surroundings in unusual and distinctive ways. Each artist’s work reflects, even if unconsciously, a continuity with Tuscan traditions while bringing to bear their own cultural heritage and artistic vision. The gardens take many different forms, from majestic, formally designed acres ...
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A companion volume to Tuscany Artists Homes, Tuscany Artists Gardens presents thirty Tuscan gardens designed and created by contemporary artists who have settled in Tuscany, and who have applied their artistic sensitivities to their surroundings in unusual and distinctive ways. Each artist’s work reflects, even if unconsciously, a continuity with Tuscan traditions while bringing to bear their own cultural heritage and artistic vision. The gardens take many different forms, from majestic, formally designed acres punctuated with sculpture to tiny, intimate spaces that have colors of every imaginable hue. Daniel Spoerri has used the landscape as a dramatic backdrop for great new works of art scattered along a botanic trail. Niki de Saint Phalle’s extraordinary Tarot Garden houses twenty-two polychromatic sculptures representing the major arcana of the Tarot, while in Fernando Botero’s Garden for the Goddess of Fertility, monumental bronze figures loom out of the trees. Mariella Sgaravatti’s essays offer telling insights into the artists’ motivations, and explore the ways in which their work is intrinsically connected to the magical beauty of the Tuscan landscape, while Mario Ciampi’s photographs evoke the atmosphere of each garden. The descriptions and images of the gardens found in this volume are a useful and original source of inspiration for anyone working in the field.
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Landscape architect Sgaravatti (Tuscany Artists Homes) explores 30 gardens created by artists who have settled in Tuscany, often restoring abandoned homes in out-of-the-way places. She met with each artist and quotes them extensively in an attempt to focus on how the artist's creativity moves from the studio to the garden. These short biographical notes do not do justice to major artists like Fernando Botero or Niki de Saint-Phalle, while they give too much attention to less established artists. Overall, Sgaravatti's uncritical approach does not aid our understanding of the artists' work; thankfully, the superb photographs speak volumes. However, the author's hope that the book will provide inspiring examples of original gardening solutions won't likely be fulfilled unless the reader lives in a Mediterranean-type climate. Only for large gardening collections.-Daniel Starr, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780954428822
  • Publisher: AMMO Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.09 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    A Terrific Picture Book, Light on Content

    If you are thinking that TUSCANY ARTISTS GARDENS will provide a lot of insights into how artists create gardens, then this book will not satisfy. If, however, you are looking for a peek into some beautiful gardens in magical Tuscany with some interesting conversations with basically unknown artists who happen to live in Tuscany, then this wonderfully illustrated portfolio will provide ideas and treasures of Italian gardening. Mariella Sgaravatti visited and interviewed thirty artists who have taken up residence in Tuscany, converted some wonderful old houses, and have created garden spaces for inspiration and reflections. The gardens range from grand to intimate and most incorporate some artwork in the garden itself. Most people know that the majority of artists' studios are places not to inspire anyone but the painter or sculptor, but seeing their homes and gardens is a different matter. While this book will not provide much in the way of artists' lives, it does share some parts of beautiful Tuscany that otherwise might not be available to the traveler. Grady Harp

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