Balance by John GrandeBalance by John Grande

Balance

byJohn Grande

Paperback | June 15, 2003

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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, Canada, and -Europe.Dealing with everything from materials to the politics of curatorship, from 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 socio-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 Levi-Strauss"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"Details makes this book convincing."--Books In Canada"Grande's ideas and style are fresh, sincere, intuitive, lively and compelling."--Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics"Offers interesting parallels between different aspects of public art."--Espace SculpturWriter and art critic John Grande's reviews and feature -articles have been published in art magazines and catalogues internationally. He is author of Intertwining: Landscape, Technology, Issues, Artists (Black Rose Books), Nils-Udo: Art with Nature (Wienand Verlag), and Art Nature Dialogues (SUNY Press).


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Nature (Aesthetics)
Title:BalanceFormat:PaperbackPublished:June 15, 2003Publisher:Black Rose BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1551642344

ISBN - 13:9781551642345

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Part I 1. Waiting for a Cultural Break Between the Commercials 2. Like a Bird with No Feet 3. Nature is the Art of which We Are a Part 4. Ephemeral Inspiration, Concrete History 5. Stolen Subjects and Exhausted Spirits: Appropriation without Representation 6. Dueling with Dualism: Descartes, Rodin, Picasso, Duchamp, et al. 7. Maleness and Femaleness in Art 8. Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Integration 9. Outside, History, Inside, Nature Part II 10. Native Art is Contemporary Art 11. Prelude or Requiem? 12. Solid State Angels: Contemporary Japanese Sculpture 13. Anish Kapoor: Presence and Absence 14. Armand Vaillancourt: The Eye and the Storm 15. James Carl's Euphemistic Reality 16. Bill Reid and the Spirit of the Haida Gawaii 17. Americanacirema The Other Side of the American Dream: Duane Hanson 18. Carl Beam: Dissolving Time 19. Dmitri Kaminker's Mythical Menagerie 20. Antony Gormley: Being a Landscape 21. Which Public? Whose Art? 22. Earth Sensitive 23. Keith Haring: Day-Glo Environmental 24. Patrick Dougherty: Wildness Fits 25. The Nuclear Map 26. Transition(s) Index

Editorial Reviews

"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 "Details makes this book convincing." - Books In Canada "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 "Offers interesting parallels between different aspects of public art." - Espace Sculptur