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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

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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

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

Meet the Author

Kenneth Baker has been art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1985. He served as art critic for the Boston Phoenix between 1972 and 1985 and has contributed to publications ranging from Art + Auction, Artforum, ArtNews, Arts Magazine, Connoisseur, and Smithsonian to the New York Times Book Review. The author of Minimalism: Art of Circumstance, Baker has also written for exhibition catalogues devoted to Giorgio Morandi, David Rabinowitch, Manuel Ocampo, and Edward Burtynsky, among other artists. Baker has lectured extensively and taught art history and criticism at colleges including Brown and Stanford universities, the Rhode Island School of Design, and California College of the Arts.

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