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Artists Reclaim the Commons New Works / New Territories / New Publics
From University of Washington Press and the International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture magazine
Percent-for-art commissions may represent the official, professionalized face of public art, but beyond the plaza—in neighborhoods, back streets, and vacant lots; in suburban hinterlands, rural villages, and remote virtual realms—another kind of art has been taking shape, one that questions the very nature and experience of the commons. Driven by artists, curators, and nonprofit organizations, these independent projects treat public space as more than an outdoor gallery. Whether temporary or permanent, guerrilla or sanctioned, object or action, such works invite us to imagine alternative ways of seeing and being while opening up new possibilities for individual and collective consciousness. When we enter their domain, public space becomes a site of resistance, a stage on which to enact experimental scenarios, and a catalyst for action—a place of both art and life.
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The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency
From University of Washington Press and the International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture magazine
For more than 40 years, sculptors have been at the forefront of environmental and ecological/social innovation, making works that treat the earth as creative partner rather than resource and raw material.

The new earthwork, which is currently at the leading edge of sculptural practice, means art for the future of humanity and the planet; it means a new approach to aesthetics and the role of art in our lives; it means a sustainable and vital artistic practice that not only solves problems but dares to ask questions and seek answers across disciplinary boundaries. Working in the land to solve agricultural, habitat, and water problems; using new materials and technologies; employing, and sometimes generating, alternative energy sources; taking action and educating about recycling, frontier biology, and genetic engineering, these artists demonstrate how art can open people’s eyes, drive change, and envision more than one possible future.
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Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks
From University of Washington Press and the International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture magazine
The International Sculpture Center published "Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks," under the ISC Press imprint, in collaboration with the University of Washington Press in September 2008. Since the mid-20th century, Sculpture parks and gardens have become important tourist destinations and essential aspects of public life. "Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks" surveys a wide range of sculpture parks and gardens that focus on contemporary art—from well-established, museum-type institutions to small-scale, non-collecting, experimental programs.

The book includes profiles of sculpture parks in the U.S., U.K., Japan, Australia, Lithuania, China, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, India, Latvia, Sweden, and Finland (among others), plus articles on key topics by art critics, landscape architects, and sculpture park professionals and interviews with Isamu Noguchi, Martin Friedman, and Alfio Bonanno. Previous ISC Press Books include "Conversations on Sculpture" and "A Sculpture Reader: Contemporary Sculpture since 1980."
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A Sculpture Reader: Contemporary Sculpture Since 1980
From University of Washington Press and the International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture magazine
The first of these books published by ISC Press is a compilation of articles on sculptors that first appeared in Sculpture over the past two decades. This book serves as a tool for educators, students and those interested in contemporary sculpture. It includes over 40 articles on a selection of international artists including Beverly Semmes, Tom Otterness, Annette Messager, Stephan Balkenhol, and Richard Long. With an introduction by Karen Wilkin. Edited by Glenn Harper and Twylene Moyer Released: June 2006

"A Sculpture Reader is likely to be the definitive survey of contemporary sculpture. Virtually every sculptor of consequence is discussed in depth. The essays are clear and to the point. Highly recommended." - Donald Kuspit, Professor of Art and Art History and Philosophy, SUNY at Stony Brook
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Conversations on Sculpture
From University of Washington Press and the International Sculpture Center, publisher of Sculpture magazine
Conversations on Sculpture explores the state of sculpture today from the artist's perspective.

A unique collection of interviews with contemporary sculptors drawn from the 25-year history of Sculpture magazine, Conversations on Sculpture offers a valuable overview of three-dimensional art at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. The 43 interviews in Conversations on Sculpture capture the wide-ranging possibilities that characterize contemporary sculpture. The book includes an introduction by Robert Hobbs, discussing the sculptors interviewed and also the value of the interview format in exploring contemporary art and artists. There are full-color illustrations throughout.

The second book in the “Perspectives on Contemporary Sculpture” series from ISC Press, Conversations on Sculpture includes interviews with Richard Serra, Maya Lin, Richard Deacon, Wolfgang Laib, James Turrell, Xu Bing, Liza Lou, Mario Merz, Richard Tuttle, Maurizio Cattelan, and other prominent and emerging artists from around the world.
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“The New Earthwork... will appeal to libraries of fine art, ecology, and social action. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” — Choice magazine: "J. Decker, Georgetown College, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Sept. 2012 Vol. 50 No. 1"

 
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