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The Ethics of Earth Art (Paperback)

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"The Ethics of Earth Art is indispensable as a theoretical teasing-out of long underexamined art historical practices that complicate the original genre." Erika Suderburg, University of California, Riverside

"The Ethics of Earth Art charts, in short compass, a path of development from the earth art of the 60s and 70s to the contemporary efforts of Chris Drury, Ana Mendieta, Jackie Brookner, Ichi Ikeda, and others. What is distinctive and intriguing is to have done so thorough a meditation on how Irigaray and Levinas supplement the informing phenomenological vision traditionally supplied by Merleau-Ponty, showing how earth art takes on a specifically ethical dimension." David Wood, Vanderbilt University

In The Ethics of Earth Art, Amanda Boetzkes analyzes the development of the earth art movement, arguing that such diverse artists as Robert Smithson, Ana Mendieta, James Turrell, Jackie Brookner, Olafur Eliasson, Basia Irland, and Ichi Ikeda are connected through their elucidation of the earth as a domain of ethical concern. Boetzkes contends that in basing their works' relationship to the natural world on receptivity rather than representation, earth artists take an ethical stance that counters both the instrumental view that seeks to master nature and the Romantic view that posits a return to a mythical state of unencumbered continuity with nature. Revealing the fundamental difference between the human world and the earth, Boetzkes shows that earth art mediates the sensations of nature while allowing nature to remain irreducible to human signification.


Publisher Univ of Minnesota Pr
Mfg Part# 9780816665891
SKU 213456687
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0816665893
Release Date 7/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0227
Publisher University of Minnesota Press
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