Art history in an expanded field
Techniques, materials, land, energy, environments
in The ecological eye
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This chapter assesses art historical perspectives in relation to writing about Land Art and environmental art movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the work that continues in this vein. Without discussing case studies of art practice, it examines ideas and ideological framing that emerge from a more theoretical position. Contemporary art historical accounts are discussed, identifying the ideological and methodological possibilities they offer for the discipline of art history. As a complement to discussions of ‘expanded sculpture’, the literature of environmental aesthetics and psychology is assessed for its relevance to ecocritical art history approaches. The chapter also examines a seemingly tangential area normally ghettoised as ‘technical art history’ – including the study of the chemical, material and historical aspects of art within an ecological frame of reference, boosted by a new-found interest in more philosophical aspects of materialism.

The ecological eye

Assembling an ecocritical art history

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