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"Nature is the art of which we are a part."
Believing that artistic expression can and does play an important role in changing the way we perceive our relation to the world we live in, art critic John Grande takes an in-depth look at the work of some very unusual environmental artists in the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. Dealing with everything from materials, to the politics of curatorship, the permanence of art works, to the artist's role as cultural critic, Balance: Art and Nature takes theory into action as it critically examines the works of Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Armand Vaillancourt, Bill Reid, Carl Beam, Kevin Kelly, Ana Mendieta, James Carl, Patrick Dougherty, Keith Haring, and others. What emerges is a viable social-environmental framework for evaluating contemporary art and insights into art's actual and potential roles.
Grande's commentaries represent an important contribution to the theory of art."- Claude Lévi-Strauss
Here is a call to reawaken creativity in this time of alienation. - Antony Gormley
Encourages us to rethink what it means to be an artist in a time of global eco-crisis. - Suzi Gablik, The Re-enchantment of Art
Makes unexpected connections giving new insights into contemporary art. - Public Art Review
Grande's book contains a lot of ideas, all of which are thought-provoking. - Globe and Mail
The book contains numerous apt illustrations...but its main virtue lies in Grande's visible determination to provoke and stimulate. - Canadian Forum
Grande's ideas and style are fresh, sincere, intuitive, lively and compelling. - Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
|Date Published||22 Dec 2003|
|Publisher||Black Rose Books|