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    Book Review: Art & Place

    Art & Place is an unprecedented overview of site-specific art in North, Central and South America. Each of the artworks presented in this book have all been created specifically by the artist for their location. Art & Place is the only book to focus on these types of art, featuring over 500 works by internationally recognised artists. Each site is explored in detail with large format images showing each work in context.

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    This large format book is the first book to offer an in-depth and extensive look at major works from all periods that are inextricably linked with their site. From Isamu Noguchi at Storm King Art Centre or Donald Judd in Marfa, to the Toltec warriors at Tula and the moai on Easter Island, all the featured works are specifically made for, or installed in, a particular place – landscape, interior or urban environment. 

    Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors, Art & Place presents works geographically rather than chronologically, allowing fresh juxtapositions and exciting opportunities for comparison to arise. A spread of rock art may appear next to a contemporary sculpture, which may appear next to a colonial-era church interior. Categories covered include rock carving and painting, murals and frescos, mosaics, altarpieces, tapestries, integral sculpture (reliefs), stained glass, earthworks and Land Art. 

    Divided into three regions – North America, Central America and South America – and featuring 13 countries, Art & Place is an informative guide for anyone planning to visit the art sites as well as anyone interested in art of all types. It includes maps pinpointing the location of sites and specially commissioned site plans show the layout of complex sites, placing the art within its context. Each of the featured sites has a dedicated entry that includes large-format images showing the work within its surroundings along with accessible, informative text that introduces the site and explains how the artist adapted the work to its environment. Captions provide key information about the site and each of the artworks. 

    The selection includes familiar and well-known works such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Chicago and the Nazca lines in Peru, alongside lesser-known revelations, such as the Llama petroglyphs in Pultuma, Bolivia and Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea in Brazil, and is the result of a rigorous selection process and the input of more than 150 specialists from around the world.

    Source: Phaidon

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