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Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974

organized by Philipp Kaiser and Miwon Kwon
Los Angeles, Calif. : Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles ; Munich : Haus der Kunst ; New York : Distributed by Prestel, c2012.
9783791351940 (hardback), 379135194X (hardback)
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"The fascinating and generously illustrated catalogue documents the history of land art from its emergence during the early 1960s through 1974. A companion volume to the first large-scale exhibition on land art, this book traces the emergence of the artistic impulses to use the earth as material, land as medium, and to locate works in remote sites, beyond familiar art contexts. Ends of the Earth challenges many myths about land art- that it was primarily a North American phenomenon, that it was foremost a sculptural practice, and that it exceeds the confines of the art system. Essays by leading young scholars will offer new insights into land art's emergence, including its intrinsic connection to media, its dreams of an elsewhere, the attraction of wastelands, and the problems inherent in a historical evaluation of site-specific or ephemeral art. The book will also include a series of reflections from the major curators, critics, and dealers who helped to make Land art both as work and discourse in the 1960s and 1970s"--
  • Ends of the earth and back / Philipp Kaiser and Miwon Kwon
  • Willoughby Sharp on the "earth art" exhibition at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1969
  • Not sculpture. Along the way to land art / Jane McFadden ; Interview with Seth Siegelaub
  • Elsewhere. Desert ends / Emily Eliza Scott ; Virginia Dwan on changing boundaries
  • Media. Land art's multiple sites / Tom Holert ; Interview with Germano Celant
  • Urban grounds. Earth beneath Detroit / Julian Myers ; Yona Fischer on barriers and connections
  • Transatlantic crossings. The case of Munich, 1968-1972 / Julienne Lorz ; Laszlo Glozer on pure dirt, pure earth, pure land : a European perspective on the beginnings of land art.
263 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • Accompanies the exhibition presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, May 27-Aug. 20, 2012, and the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Oct. 12, 2012-Jan. 30, 2013.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-261).
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