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Author Fox, William L., 1949-

Title Mapping the empty : eight artists and Nevada / William L. Fox ; foreword by Jeff Kelley.

Published Reno : University of Nevada Press, [1999]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  709.73 Fox    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxvii, 171 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [169]-171).
Contents Introduction: Mapping the Empty -- Jim McCormick: The Topographical Mind -- Rita Deanin Abbey: Art in the Place of Abstraction -- Dennis Parks: An Art of Modest Means -- Walter McNamara: Reassembling Reality -- Robert Beckmann: Practicing Apocalypse -- Michael Heizer: The Perforated Object -- Bill Barker: Marketing the Alien(s) -- Mary Ann Bonjorni: Reconfiguring the West.
Summary Throughout his career, poet and art writer William Fox has addressed the concatenation of issues imbedded in the relationships between art, land, and history. Nevada's vast open spaces have long inspired complex responses from a population largely shaped by European sensibilities toward land and its uses -- responses ranging from the romantic to the deadly. In Mapping the Empty, Fox considers how eight of the state's most distinguished and innovative contemporary artists have responded to the harsh, enigmatic landscapes of the Great Basin and how, through their work, they have expressed and helped to define the West.
Enhanced by interviews with the artists and reproductions of their major works, Fox's brilliantly perceptive essays elucidate a rich diversity of media, aesthetic approaches, and creative responses to the continent's empty quarter. None of the artists Fox discusses is a "landscape" artist, but the work of each reveals an intimate, sometimes unsettling, understanding of the land of Nevada and of our complex relationship to it. Mapping the Empty is art writing at its best -- elegant, lucid, and provocative.
Subject Art, American -- Nevada.
Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Nevada.
Symbolism in art -- Nevada.
Nevada -- In art.
ISBN 0874173140 (hardcover : alk. paper)