The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography

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 book You Are Here, she has inspired legions of new devotees of imaginative maps. In The 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 an essential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.

Title:The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781568987620

    The Map As Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan

    I adore maps, maps in books, maps by themselves, all sorts of maps. I expected to love this book. It was okay. The maps included contain many that use the term map extremely loosely.The essays are, fo...

  • Linette

    I have to put this in my end file. This is one of those books that you could keep going back into and find something new every time....

  • Eileen

    3.5 stars I love maps and was very excited to read and see this book. Initially, however I was a little uninterested, it seemed to me to be to wordy and the language inflated. I think, for me at leas...

  • Kate

    Which comes first, the territory or the map?“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.” --O.W.Lars ArrheniusJonathan CallanCarl ChengJoão MachadoMairele Neude...

  • Matt

    I had stumbled across this book while browsing through Amazon, and picked it up solely based on my interest in the topic. This can be dangerous, as art books can vary wildly in quality - sometimes, as...

  • Kris

    "Geographers submit to a tacit agreement to obey certain mapping conventions, to speak in a malleable but standardized visual language. Artists are free to disobey these rules. They can mock preoccupa...

  • Kerfe

    This book is all about the visuals--contemporary artists using mapping as a starting point for their work. Whether city or landscape, body or mind, real or invented, interior or exterior, photographic...

  • Ryan Mishap

    While I don't have a "shelf" for art books on Goodreads or in my home, I thought this would be ab interesting look-see, especially for Tracy can be captivated by maps.The artists range across mediums ...

  • Zioluc

    Le mappe e la cartografia nei lavori degli artisti contemporanei. Di ciascun autore son presentate da 2 a 5 opere, per la maggior parte realizzate tra il 2000 e il 2008. C'è di tutto, dalle mappe di ...

  • Jamie

    A lovely book with several strange, endearing, and mind-boggling interpretations of maps. My favorites included: -Clothing maps of Corriette Schoenaerts-Ai Weiwei's "World Map"-Mail art maps of Harrie...