The Map as Art

The Map as Art

Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Maps can be simple tools, comfortable in their familiar form. Or they can lead to different destinations: places turned upside down or inside out, territories riddled with marks understood only by their maker, realms connected more to the interior mind than to the exterior world. These are the places of artists' maps, that happy combination of information and illusion that flourishes in basement studios and downtown galleries alike. It is little surprise that, in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology, contemporary artists are drawn to maps to express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free of geographical constraints.

Katharine Harmon knows this territory. As the author of our best-selling bookYou Are Here, she has inspired legions of new devotees of imaginative maps. InThe Map as Art, Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artistssuch as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, Maira Kalman, William Kentridge, and Vik Munizand many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. Essays by Gayle Clemans bring an in-depth look into the artists' maps of Joyce Kozloff, Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, Guillermo Kuitca, and Maya Lin. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this anessential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781568987620
Branch Call Number: 760.0449 HARMON
Characteristics: 255 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Clemans, Gayle 1968-


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Dec 30, 2014

Definitely a good choice as a companion to _Strange Maps_.

Jan 27, 2013

Interesting and entertaining concept for art. The book as many fascinating examples of artists using a map in some way related to thier art. The book is better than the exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Art (winter/spring 2013) although the exhibit is still worth visiting.
The pictures in here really opened up my kids to the idea that art can take on many forms and everyone can have a favorite and an opinion.


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