Trans plant – Living vegetation in contemporary art

In the 1960s, as installation and conceptual art opened up new possibilities for materials and media, artists began to use plants, vegetation, soil, and the actual landscape to develop their ideas. Dubbed “land art, ” this work, with its implicit environmentalism, did not seek, like topiary or traditional landscape architecture, to impose a decorative or functional order, but rather to find in organic material a way to renew art’s elemental relationship to nature. This book documents works by more than 60 artists — including Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jenny Holzer, Dan Graham, and Jeff Koons — for the Artist’s Gardens Project in Weimar, Germany.

Text: Nemitz Barbara, Herbstreuth Peter et al. cm 22,5×28,5; pp. 206; COL and BW; hardcover. Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2000.

ISBN: 9783893229717 | 389322971X
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In the 1960s, as installation and conceptual art opened up new possibilities for materials and media, artists began to use plants, vegetation, soil, and the actual landscape to develop their ideas. Dubbed “land art, ” this work, with its implicit environmentalism, did not seek, like topiary or traditional landscape architecture, to impose a decorative or functional order, but rather to find in organic material a way to renew art’s elemental relationship to nature. This book documents works by more than 60 artists — including Ian Hamilton Finlay, Jenny Holzer, Dan Graham, and Jeff Koons — for the Artist’s Gardens Project in Weimar, Germany.

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