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Art Nature Dialogues
Interviews with Environmental Artists
Art Nature Dialogues
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John K. Grande - Author
Edward Lucie-Smith - Foreword by
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 273 pages
Release Date: June 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6193-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6193-8

Price: $32.95 
Paperback - 273 pages
Release Date: June 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6194-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6194-5

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Environmental artists from Europe and North America talk about their work.

Art Nature Dialogues offers interviews with artists working with, in, and around nature and the environment. The interviews explore art practices, ecological issues, and values as they pertain to the siting of works, the use of materials, and the ethics of artmaking. John K. Grande includes interviews with Hamish Fulton, David Nash, Bob Verschueren, herman de vries, Alan Sonfist, Nils-Udo, Michael Singer, Patrick Dougherty, Ursula von Rydingsvard, and others.

“…just look at the pictures. They speak. Grande does a good job of eliciting enlightening information as to why these artists do what they do.” — The Pacific Rim Review of Books

“…the artists’ visual creations are eloquent, as 80 black-and-white photos of their works attest … Grande does do a good job of eliciting valuable insights as to why these artists do what they do.” — Canadian Medical Association Journal

“…this book offers intriguing insights into the work of twenty-two contemporary ‘environmental artists’ … A thought-provoking and informative book, which may lead on to further exploration of particular artists’ work, or on to other environmental action.” — Landscape & Arts

“Grande has transcribed a true series of dialogues in which he is as active and vocal a participant as the artists on the other side of the tape recorder. His opinions about the impacts of our estrangement from nature, in curatorially sanctioned art as in our day-to-day lives, come across loud, clear, and consistent.” —

“Grande is easily knowledgeable enough to engage with each interviewee on equal terms, and, with an emphasis on dialogue, the conversations draw out the character of each artist.” — Resurgence Magazine

“The book is … a nuanced and varied tussle with the dance of intention between artmaking and nature … This is an indispensable book for anyone interested in the processes and paradoxes of environmental art, and a useful addendum to the currents of thought in contemporary artmaking in general.” — Vie des Arts

"This timely book is most welcomed not only to the art world but also to the reading public at large. The ... artists ... interviewed are deeply committed to a sustainable world by transforming communities with this old/new kind of art ... Art Nature Dialogues takes us on a journey of discovery. Everything you ever wanted to learn about environmental art and the artists who create the works can be found in this eloquently written book."— SculpturesPacific

"From Grande's lively conversation with the artists ... readers not only learn of the diversity of thought that motivates environmental artists but also feel directly engaged with the artistic process." — Landscape Architecture

"Art Nature Dialogues is a splendid reaffirmation, by the artists themselves, of Nature as the source of life—and therefore of art too. We are all part of Nature and belong to Nature, however fragmented we may have become in our separate Faraday cage condos these days, and we need an art that reconnects us to what we essentially are.

"It is illuminating to hear from these great contemporary artists why Nature is so important for them—and for us all." — James George, author of Asking for the Earth: Waking Up to the Spiritual/Ecological Crisis

"Grande's Art Nature Dialogues provides readers with insights into both the contemporary art world and current concerns about the environment. These interviews, with some of the most important environmental artists on both sides of the Atlantic, engage the borderline between art and what is perhaps the most pressing global concern in the new millennium—the quality and sustainability of the environment. These dialogues highlight the political, aesthetic, social, and scientific depths of their thought and work." — Glenn Harper, editor, Sculpture

Writer and art critic John K. Grande has published extensively in Artforum, Vice Versa, Sculpture, Art Papers, and other major art media venues. He is also the author of Balance: Art and Nature and Intertwining: Landscape, Technology, Issues, Artists.

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Table of Contents


Foreword: Eco-Art, Then and Now
Edward Lucie-Smith

Introduction: True to Nature

1. Real Living Art!
David Nash

2. Yardworking
Patrick Dougherty

3. Eco-Habitat
Gilles Bruni and Marc Babarit

4. Ephemeral Public Art
Jerilea Zempel

5. In Nature's Eyes
Alfio Bonanno

6. Mechanical Botanical
Doug Buis

7. Designing with Nature
Michael Singer

8. The Vegetal (and Mineral) World(s) of Bob Verschueren

9. Nature Vision

10. Riverwork
Mario Reis

11. Cosmological Shadows
Bill Vazan

12. No Walk, No Work!
Hamish Fulton

13. The Spike
Egil Martin Kurdøl

14. Culture Nature Catalyst
Betty Beaumont

15. Natural/Cultural
Alan Sonfist

16. Ship of Life
Peter von Tiesenhausen

17. Earth in Context
Reinhard Reitzenstein

18. Earthbound Mystery
Ursula von Rydingsvard

19. Healing Garden
Mike MacDonald

20. chance & change
herman de vries

21. The Heart of the Matter
Chris Drury

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