Ecologies, Environments, and Energy Systems in Art of the 1960s and 1970s by James Nisbet (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionAs the American environmental movement emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, ecological perspectives also emerged in art. But ecological artworks were t limited to conventional understandings of environmental art as something that had to be located outdoors or made of organic materials. Created in a range of media, they reflected a widespread reconceptualization of the material world and a sense of the interconnectedness of all things. In this book, James Nisbet investigates the many levels of intersection between ecology and art in the 1960s and 1970s, examining a series of works that served as sensory interfaces to ecological concepts and reflected the shifting tions of ecology during the period. Nisbet first examines practices of land art that sought to revise the relationship of art to the biological world. He explores the all-but-forgotten genre of Environments, founded by Allan Kaprow, which produced both closed environments bounded by the gallery's walls and psychedelic multimedia environments; and he examines the transition between minimalism and land art, considering the planetary visions that cast singular objects within holistic ecosystems -- a sensibility that infused such canical earthworks as Michael Heizer's Double Negative and Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty. Nisbet then turns to work informed by the language of energy and the ecological tion that all matter is in process, including Robert Barry's radio wave installations and Simone Forti's performances. Finally, he considers Walter De Maria's The Lightning Field, finding in it a reflection of the conflicts within ecological thinking of the 1970s. Offering a radically new view of environmental art, Nisbet traces a cultural turn from an art that addresses artificially confined environments and simplified allegories of the planet to one that increasingly takes on the unruly complexities of global ecologies.
- Author BiographyJames Nisbet is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of California, Irvine.
- Author(s)James Nisbet
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication14/02/2014
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note75 b&w illus.
- Weight885 g
- Width178 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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