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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 8.11.2010 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989723
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In her striking new book THE MAP AS ART, author Katharine Harmon brings together a wide selection of maps clearly meant to be more psychologically expressive than geographically correct…. By the end of the book, you wonder just which way is up.” —Art in America

“Katharine Harmon's THE MAP AS ART is a collection of visionary topographies and imaginary geographies charted by artists including Vik Muniz, a Brazilian who re-creates the globe from pieces of junk; Kim Jones, an American who draws obsessively detailed battle diagrams; and the amazing Congolese painter Cheri Samba, who populates his dreamscape with figures from the all-too-real spheres of politics and finance.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Rand McNally seems a world away.” —New York Times Magazine

“Colorful, creative, and downright disorienting. Whether you're interested in how we envision political landscapes, represent neighborhoods, or visually manipulate directional information, you can get there from here.” —Liquid Treat

“A remarkable collection of 360 colorful, map-related visions of experimental cartography by well-known artists and design thinkers.” —Brain Pickings

“[THE MAP AS ART] features plenty of work that defies our expectations of what a map is.” —The National Post

“Katharine Harmon knows this territory. As the author of our best-selling book YOU ARE HERE, she has inspired legions of new devotees of imaginative maps…. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this an essential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.” —Photo Eye

“For anyone who’s ever gotten lost in the pages of a AAA road map or daydreamed of faraway places while spinning a globe, THE MAP AS ART offers ample opportunity for fascination. Over 250 pages of visually engaging, thought-provoking works are rife with relevance.” —Cool Hunting

“This new volume by the author of the ingenious YOU ARE HERE extends the boundaries of her celebration of mapmaking. Employing a range of media and states of mind that range from the playful to the political, the artists represented between the book's covers—including Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, and many others—map landscapes familiar, unknown, invented. The result is a beautiful, captivating volume.” —Barnes and Noble Review

“Who hasn’t pored over a map, totally absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time? If you’re inclined to such daydreaming, THE MAP AS ART will intrigue, delight and perplex you, as you browse through 160 contemporary artists’ interpretations of mapping the world.” —PopMatters

“THE MAP AS ART is just plain cool. Here are Seattle's changing neighborhoods on woodblock prints. Here is a map of a London subway in red cotton thread stitched on rice paper. Here's the Caspian Sea in plywood. Put out this book and dare your guests not to pick it up.” —The Register Guard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Katharine Harmon has produced more than a dozen titles such as Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant, and is the author of several books including You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, both with Princeton Architectural Press. She manages Tributary Books, a book development company in Seattle.

More About the Author

Katharine Harmon is an author, editor, and producer of nonfiction books about art, design, science, and other topics that lend themselves to illustration. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of maps in art (and art in maps), and has curated numerous exhibitions on this topic.

For more information, go to www.tributarybooks.com.
For those interested in creative cartography, go to the Map as Art page on Facebook.

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Wonderful illustrations and exploration of a unique idea.
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We have discovered many new artists through this book and highly recommend it.
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I get something new from each piece each time I look through the book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Christine A. Stickler on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a great fan of Katherine Harmon's previous book: You are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, I looked forward to the release of this second book with a focus on maps. I doubted that I could be as taken with it as I was with her first but in fact believe that she has surpassed herself in creating a rich and layered exploration of maps as seen through the lens and reflections of artists. I love how she has divided the book into sections such as Conflict and Sorrow, Personal Terrain, Global Reckoning and Inner Visions which allow for an imaginative journey through the book.
The design and layout by Jane Jeszeck is stellar; clear and uncluttered allowing each image to have its showing.
You most definitely do not need to be a "map person" to love and appreciate this book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen F. Roth on October 15, 2009
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I find myself looking through this book again and again, always finding new things. The choice of artworks is spectacular, the production values are gorgeous, and the commentary and essays are interesting, illuminating, and fun to read. I can't even imagine the amount of work that went into putting this book together (look inside). I'm just delighted that she did all that work so we can enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By helen on February 20, 2011
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The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography
This book provides an excellent overview of artists who have explored cartography. The introduction discusses the development of this field and considers the theoretical implications of this. There is a strong leaning towards more political pieces in this book.Really good book though!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 17, 2009
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THE MAP AS ART: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS EXPLORE CARTOGRAPHY is an outstanding survey recommended not just for art libraries but for those involved in geography and international culture. It provides a survey of artists' map expressions, showing how artistic cartography ultimately creates a world free of geographic boundaries. Map-related visions by some 160 modern artists make for an outstanding survey packed with 360 color illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Art Mama on December 27, 2009
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This is wonderful exploration of maps in different mediums and genres. Harmon's pages intermingle both well-known and emerging artists, creating an interesting and exciting collage of photos. This book offers something for everyone - my personal favorite is page 201.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guy Whitney on March 24, 2010
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This book is a delicious find. It undertakes nothing less than to gather into one source a wide variety of approaches to mapping the world of our imaginations. A wonderful collection with a wide range of points of view about how the world can be seen and understood. The wide range of artists, from well known to not so well recognized, each brings a unique vision to bear in the way of understanding their worlds. It's truly mind expanding in the various cosmologies and hypothetical what ifs that are represented between the covers. This book supports repeated immersion as one considers the different worlds that are conjured within. As an artist I find the contents to be wonderfully liberating while considering my own thoughts on the subject. Congratulations to Katherine Harmon on such a fine job of researching and assembling these images. Surely a labor of love as is shown to us in style and content. A great gift for the creative one in your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin on November 21, 2012
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Purchased this book from another source, but even so, I HIGHLY recommend it. The creativity in this book is extraordinary and I return to it time and time again to generate ideas on materials, subject matter and style. Order this book: you will NOT be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert B. Drew on February 27, 2012
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This book is an absolute joy. If you're into maps, and art, waste no time. This book features over 300 works from a variety of artists and includes essays by art historian Gayle Clemans.
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