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Land Art, American West
9.5 x 8
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Edited by Ann M. Wolfe
by Chris Drury
British conceptual and landscape artist Chris Drury has been lauded for
his many installations and site-specific works that investigate themes
related to the environment and emphasize cycles of destruction and
regeneration in nature and the ways that humans affect these
processes. In Mushrooms|Clouds, a series of artworks commissioned by
the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Drury brought an international
perspective to topics ranging from land and water appropriation to
nuclear testing in the American West. In many of these works, Drury
utilizes materials collected from such places as Pyramid Lake, Donner
State Park, and the Nevada Test Site to engage viewers in the many
connections between art and the environment.
This companion volume to the exhibition documents Drury’s installations and captures his ephemeral work for further viewing and extended study. In addition, the book includes an introduction by art historian Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe and an essay by Colin Robertson, the Nevada Museum of Art Curator of Education, which expound upon the themes and significance of Drury’s art.
Ann M. Wolfe is curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. She previously served as an assistant curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, where she curated Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy and coauthored with Lindsey M. Wylie Selections: The San Jose Museum of Art Permanent Collection. She is also the author of Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl, published by the Center for American Places.