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The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography 26,5 cm x 23,5 cm Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1568987620
ISBN-10: 1568987625
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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

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. She manages Tributary Books, a book development company in Seattle.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Archit.Press; 26,5 cm x 23,5 cm edition (September 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568987625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987620
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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For me, this wasn't the knockout I expected, from the subject matter and from the glowing reviews. It was interesting and amusing, and in instances quite lovely. It was not, however, as fascinating as I had hoped; nor is it a book that I will return to over and over. Since I am a map freak more than an art freak, the problem may be me -- I really loved "Strange Maps"
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I was impressed with the pages I saw in the quick look on Amazon. Really beautiful, thought-provoking work that makes you look twice. Kind of like a sample of personal journal pages and strong artistic expression. I get something new from each piece each time I look through the book. Highly recommend this.
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I have used this book just to relax, but also for inspiration. Design is in everything. Design is intentional. This book shows how geographical features & insight can convey & evoke emotion. I love it's power.
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When I first heard about this book, I immediately checked out a library copy. Finally I decided to buy one for myself and do not regret my purchase.

This book is an excellent resource for artists and/or art students, especially about creative ways of mapping and/or organizing various information and meaning. The book is filled with a breadth of many contemporary artists' work related to this theme of cartography and the descriptions accompanying the images are also concise and helpful. But the images say it all.

I highly recommend this book to those that want to expand their creative imagination and explore mapping as an expanded field.
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