Land of expression

The earth as canvas

In the mid-60s, artists in the USA and Europe began planning works for sites outside the narrow boundaries of galleries and museums. It began with ephemeral enhancements or traces left in deserted landscapes, in the deserts of America, or in the moors of Scotland. Following this were spectacular earthen sculptures of gigantic proportions, some of which are still in the process of completion today. One distinguishing feature of Land Art is its critical preoccupation with the tradition of sculpture. Sculpture can now be an earthwork excavation, a field of metal poles, a buried hut, a trace in the grass, or even a book. Another of the movement’s special characteristics is its emphasis on site-specific, outdoor works intended to lastingly alter our perception of places, and to set new parameters in art production and reception.

Artists included: Carl Andre, Alice Aycock, Herbert Bayer, Christo & Jeanne Claude, Walter De Maria, Agnes Denes, Jan Dibbets, Hamish Fulton, Andy Goldsworthy, Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt, Peter Hutchinson, Patricia Johanson, Dani Karavan, Richard Long, Mary Miss, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Charles Ross, Robert Smithson, Alan Sonfist, James Turrell
About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Genre Series features:
  • a detailed illustrated introduction plus a timeline of the most important political, cultural and social events that took place during that period
  • a selection of the most important works of the epoch, each of which is presented on a 2-page spread with a full-page image and with an interpretation of the respective work, plus a portrait and brief biography of the artist
  • approximately 100 colour illustrations with explanatory captions
The author:
Michael Lailach is a curator and research staff member at the Kunstbibliothek of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. He obtained his doctorate in art history at the Universität Tübingen, after which he completed a traineeship at the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin and now administers the Kunstbibliothek's Marzona collection.
Land Art (Basic Art Series)

Land Art

Softcover with flaps, 7.3 x 9.1 in., 96 pages
$ 9.99
Edition: English
Availability: 08/2014
  • Reviews
"«L’œuvre d’art n’est pas posée dans un lieu, le lieu lui-même est l’œuvre d’art». Avec cette phrase, l’artiste Michael Heizner résume le Land Art. Abréviation de Landscape Art (art paysager), ce courant encore mal défini place la nature et son environnement au centre de la création. Un rien élitiste, le livre permet une mise en lumière de ses différentes manifestations, en retraçant son histoire, ses œuvres majeures et les artistes qui le font vivre."
— Matin Plus, Paris, France
  • See also
Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Art Edition B (Collector's Edition)
Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Art Edition B
Hardcover in clamshell box with print in portfolio, 13.0 x 17.3 in., 754 pages
$ 5,000

Limited edition of 100 copies, each with the original pigment/silk screen print Project for Jewelry on Jeanne-Claude’s Hand, signed by Christo
Christo & Jeanne-Claude (Collector's Edition)
Christo & Jeanne-Claude
Hardcover in clamshell box, 13.0 x 17.3 in., 754 pages
$ 1,500

A retrospective of the life and work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Limited edition of 1,000 copies