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The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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Lucy Lippard is a curator, activist, and author of numerous books on contemporary art and cultural criticism. Geoff Manaugh is contributing editor of Wired UK and former senior editor of Dwell. W. J. T. Mitchell is professor of English and art history at the University of Chicago. Ann M. Wolfe is curator of exhibitions and collections at the Nevada Museum of Art.
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The visions before our eyes are courtesy of approximately 100 photographers beginning with Robert Adams, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke and Lewis Baltz through Andy Goldsworthy, Catherine Opie, Chris Jordan to Richard Misrach and Mark Klett. While viewing these images may induce admiration for the quality of the art presented, it is not long until the thundering impact we are witnessing comes home. In tandem with these pioneering photographers are images by artists who use techniques that draw attention to the photographic process and the photograph-as-object. Mark Klett, Patrick Nagatani, John Pfahl, Jim Sanborn, Sharon Stewart, Amy Stein, and Fandra Chang 'use color alteration, montage, visual metaphors and puns, and
textual elements to suggest levels of humor and irony related to our contemporary landscapes. While the collection represents a diversity of artists, techniques, visual styles, subjects, and ideological positions, it is unified by two basic principles: a concern for inspiring dialogue about the impact of human activity on natural landscapes and an effort to depart from idealized notions of scenic beauty and pristine wilderness that were dominant in the early 20th century aesthetic of Ansel Adams and the Sierra Club.'
The accompanying essays by Lucy Lippard, Geoff Manaugh, and W. J. T. Mitchell add immensely to the impact of this book. It is a volume and a concept that deserves our close attention. Grady Harp, October 11