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Land and Environmental Art

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Edited by Jeffrey Kastner. Phaidon, 1998. 306pp. £39.95

This volume appears in a new Phaidon series, 'Themes and Movements', concerned with the documentation, both verbal and visual, of post-war art. Land Art - which in Europe and the us (if not the uk) had a marked influence on the practice of landscape architecture - is traced from its 1960s origins to its 1990s variations. All the key practitioners are here (Smithson, Heizer, De Maria, Christo, Long etc), along with some less familiar names, and the photographs - for most of us, the only access to these works - are accompanied by a generous, imaginative selection from contemporary texts.

Above: 'Dissipate', a work by Michael Heizer in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Heizer set pieces of wood in the bottom of a dried-up lake; his main interest in making the piece was the gradual transformation and deterioration of the piece with the passage of time - the natural environment erasing his intervention.

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