Paperback / softback
November 12, 2019
9781880897317
English
120
75 color photos
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1.45 Pounds (US)
$32.95 USD, £19.50 GBP
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Fragile Earth

The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art

Contemporary artists probe the impact of human intervention on the environment

Just as artists of the 19th and 20th centuries participated in forging an American natural history as explorers, cataloguers, collectors, and early environmentalists, contemporary artists continue to incorporate and comment on the natural world in their art. Motivated by the inexorable rise of urban-industrial development and the subsequent deterioration of our planet, artists confront the vulnerability of our environment and the effects of global climate change to illustrate the continued relevance of ecology and nature conservation to contemporary artistic practice. In Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art, leading artists Jennifer Angus, Mark Dion, Courtney Mattison, and James Prosek make natural elements their medium conceptually and literally, from prints created with eel bodies, to ceramic sculpture mimicking coral bleaching, cabinets filled with colorful plastic collected from oceans and rivers, and walls covered with shockingly beautiful, preserved insects. Bringing an artistic perspective to natural science, these essays and written conversations showcase the persuasive role artists can play in advocating for the preservation of our earth.

About the Author

JENNIFER STETTLER PARSONS is assistant curator at the Florence Griswold Museum. She lives in Chester, Connecticut. JENNIFER STETTLER PARSONS is assistant curator at the Florence Griswold Museum. She lives in Chester, Connecticut.

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