Contemporary Artists Working Outside the City: Creative Retreat, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Contemporary Artists Working Outside the City

Creative Retreat, 1st Edition

By Sarah Lowndes

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234 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book reflects on the motivations of creative practitioners who have moved out of cities from the mid-1960s onwards to establish creative homesteads. The book focuses on desert exile painter Agnes Martin, radical filmmaker and gardener Derek Jarman, and iconoclastic conceptual artist Chris Burden, detailing their connections to the cities they had left behind (New York, London, Los Angeles). Sarah Lowndes also examines how the rise of digital technologies has made it more possible for artists to live and work outside the major art centers, especially given the rising cost of living in London, Berlin, and New York, focusing on three peripheral creative centers: the seaside town of Hastings, England, the midsized metro of Leipzig, Germany, and post-industrial Detroit, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART I

Introduction

1 The Back to the Land Movement: from the 1840s to the 1970s

PART II

The Creative Homesteads of Agnes Martin, Derek Jarman and Chris Burden

2 We are Born as Nouns Not Verbs: Agnes Martin and the New Mexico Desert (1968-2004)

3 Vaster than Empires and More Slow: Derek Jarman and Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent (1987-1994)

4 In a Free Spot: Chris Burden and Topanga Canyon, California (1984-2015)

PART III

The Rise of the Town-Country: Contemporary Creative Homesteaders

5 The Lure of the Midsize Metro: Leipzig 6 Neither City nor Country: Hastings

7 In the ruins, a garden: Detroit

Conclusion

Index

About the Author

Sarah Lowndes is a writer and curator who lectures at Glasgow School of Art and other institutions

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART008000
ART / Conceptual
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015020
ART / American / General
ART015110
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART020000
ART / Techniques / Painting
HIS036070
HISTORY / United States / 21st Century
HIS037080
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century
SOC026020
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Rural
SOC026030
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban