Erin Hogan heads west for a tour of Earthworks
A Road Trip through the Land Art of the American West (Culture Tra
by Erin Hogan
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Earth art, that consummately American movement that sprang up during the high–Vietnam War era, combined a steely-eyed commitment to the truth of materials and to the power of basic geometric forms with a desire to get off the grid or at the very least "expand the field" of sculpture. Sometimes called environmental or Land art, or Earthworks, depending on its practitioner, it demanded of its actual, physical viewers—"fit, though few," as John Milton might have said—a pilgrim's willingness to go on the road to remote places in order to see the works and experience the landscapes that they reframed and illuminated. Predictably, the vast majority of viewers got to know Earth art in the way they did most "important" art: not in person but in a documented or reproduced form—photographs, films, critical writing.
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