Art imagination and environment

Authored by: Tim Collins

The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415684606
eBook ISBN: 9780203096925
Adobe ISBN: 9781136220609


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This chapter is focused upon recent research and artwork that deals with environmental change and landscape in the UK and the USA. A decade or more of work has resulted in research groups with depth and breadth. There are networks of artists organized in the EU (Cultura21), the UK (Land2, Landscape and Arts Network and eco/art/scot/land) and the USA (Ecoarts Network and the Women Environmental Artists Directory), although there is no robust academic network clarifying issues and direction. Leonardo Journal has initiated a project called ‘Lovely Weather’ dealing with art and climate change. Otherwise no journal or journals have emerged as a site for focused discourse. There is one museum in the USA that explicates research-related work specific to the field. In general the curatorial efforts to date are often iterations on themes, rather than a contribution to knowledge. It is important to note that until recently artists primarily made things, while critics, curators and historians wrote papers and books that evaluated, validated and identified artwork of import. This is changing; doctoral research in art theory and practice is a contributing factor.

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