THE ART OF ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

THE ART OF ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

by William Malpas

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THE ART OF ANDY GOLDSWORTHY

By William Malpas

This is the most comprehensive and detailed study of British artist Andy Goldsworthy, and is the only full-length exploration of Goldsworthy and his art available anywhere. The book has been completely rewritten and brought up to date for this new edition.

Andy Goldsworthy makes land or earth art out of, among other materials, stacks of rocks, or stalks tied together, or mud thrown into rivers or poppy petals wrapped around boulders. His art is a sensitive, intuitive response to nature, light, time, growth, the seasons and the earth.

REVISED AND UPDATED, WITH NEW ILLUSTRATIONS

Fully illustrated, with a revised text. Bibliography and notes. 348pp. ISBN 9781861717399. www.crmoon.com

EXTRACT FROM THE CHAPTER ON GOLDSWORTHY'S LEAFWORKS

It is the leafworks that are the most colourful of Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures. What the leaf sculptures show is how beautiful the colours of nature are: Goldsworthy shows the viewer these subtle colours by contrasting one leaf with another. Maple patch grouped the red/ orange/ yellow of Japanese maple leaves together; Poppy leaves contrasted the red poppy leaves against the mid-green of an elderberry bush; a Stone Wood sculpture of 1992 consisted of poppy leaves wrapped around a hazel branch, the red constrasting vividly with the wet green leaves; Dock Leaves interwove red leaves in green grass stalks. Two sycamore leafworks of 1980 and 1981 are very simple: a leaf black from cow shit is placed against pale Autumn leaves; another leaf, bleached white, is set down on a bed of dark leaves. He pins together two colours of sycamore leaves (sycamore is a favourite Goldsworthy medium) in Sycamore leaf sections (1988), and hangs the line of leaves from a tree. Shot with the sun behind them, the photograph of the leaves shows them glowing green and gold, the two classic colours of poetry and alchemy. The Autumnal colours of course connote nostalgia, decadence, sensuality, Romanticism, time passing, the decay of the year, and so on, all those things John Keats wrote about in his 'Ode: To Autumn', and in a billion other poets' art. Goldsworthy's aim in the leaf pieces, though, draws attention to the fragility and delicacy of leaves, as well as their strength and function. A leaf, after all, is a complex biological factory, so the natural scientists say. 'There is a whole world in a single leaf', remarked Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy's leafworks do not have a scientific agenda. Rather, they celebrate the presence of leaves, the being-in-the-world of leaves, so to speak.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861717399
Publisher: Crescent Moon Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Series: Sculptors Series
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgements 13

Abbreviations 15

Introduction 21

1 ANDY GOLDSWORTHY: LIFE AND WORK 27

1 : Life • 2 : Works • 3: Critics of Andy Goldsworthy's Art

2 ANDY GOLDSWORTHY AND SCULPTURE IN THE MODERN ERA 41

1 : Andy Goldsworthy and Women Sculptors • 2 : Sixties Minimal and Postminimal Art • 3 : Constantin Brancusi, Andy Goldsworthy and Postwar Sculpture • 4 : Sugarman, Noguchi, Pomodoro, Samaras • 5 : Kinetic Sculpture • 6 : Light and Space

3 ANDY GOLDSWORTHY AND LAND ART 59

1 : The Spirit of Place • 2 : The Pollen Path: Art and Life • 3 : The Alchemy of Matter • 4 : The Economics of Land Art • 5 : The Object in Land Art and Minimal Art • 6 : Land Art and Conceptual Art • 7 : Land Art and Photography • 8 : Interior and Exterior Art • 9 : Land Art and Change • 10 : Land Art and Religion • 11 : Circles • 12 : Gender and Scale in Land Art • 13 : Land Art and British Sculpture • 14 : The British Landscape Tradition

4 LAND ARTISTS IN BRITAIN, EUROPE AND AMERICA 107

1 : Robert Smithson • 2 : Dennis Oppenheim • 3 : Robert Morris • 4 : Carl Andre • 5 : Michael Heizer • 6 : James Turrell • 7 : Nancy Holt • 8 : Alice Aycock • 9 : Mary Miss • 10 : Walter De Maria • 11 : Other American Earth Artists • 12 : Christo • 13 : Hans Haacke • 14 : Richard Long • 15 : David Nash • 16 : Chris Drury • 17 : Other British Land Artists

5 ANDY GOLDSWORTHY: WHOLE EARTH ARTIST 173

6 ANDY GOLDSWORTHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY 183

7 COLOUR AND DECORATION 189

1 : Andy Goldsworthy's Art and Decorative Art • 2 : Colour in Andy Goldsworthy's Art

8 TREES, TIDES, PLANTS AND HOLES 203

1 : Living Plants • 2 : Trees • 3 : The Black Hole • 4 : Tides

9 ANDY GOLDSWORTHY THE SNOW MAN 213

1 : Andy Goldsworthy and Snow • 2 : Touching North • 3 : Snowballs In Summer

1 0 ANDY GOLDSWORTHY THE GREEN MAN 223

1 1 INSTALLATIONS AND LARGE-SCALE WORKS 231

1 : Stone and Herd of Arches • 2 : The Capenoch Tree Series • 3 : Large-Scale Works and Installations • 4 : Maze • 5 : Passage • 6 : Garden of Stone • 7 : Cairns • 8 : Three Cairns • 9 : Walls • 10 : Sheepfolds • 11 : Arches • 12 : Digne

1 2 SPIRITUALITY AND SCULPTURE 261

1 3 TIME IN ANDY GOLDSWORTHY'S ART 269

List of Works 285

Notes 291

Bibliography 309

Illustrations 329

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