Patricia Johanson's <i>House and Garden</i> Commission: Re-construction of Modernity

Patricia Johanson's House and Garden Commission: Re-construction of Modernity


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In 1969, House and Garden magazine commissioned one of the first minimalist artists, Patricia Johanson, to propose new directions for American garden art. Having never been exhibited or published before as a whole, the resulting garden proposals reveal an unknown dimension of the New York art world of the late 1960s. Three years of research have brought 146 surviving drawings to light. They demonstrate the intimate progress of the artist’s engagement with nature in her quest for an art concerned with ethical relationships between humans and the natural world. Shuttling between the West and the East, and the contemporary and the historical, Johanson takes equal distances from earthworks created by her peer artists such as Robert Smithson, and the environmentalism advocated by landscape architects following Ian McHarg. Her vision of a new modernity is still significant today. The book is divided into 2 volumes, and includes a preface by Stephen Bann and a catalogue of 146 original garden proposals.

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ISBN-13: 9780884023340
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 03/30/2008
Series: Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Garden History
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 10.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Xin Wu is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at The College of William and Mary.

Stephen Bann is Emeritus Professor of History of Art and a senior research fellow at the University of Bristol.

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