The map as art: contemporary artists explore cartography: [touring exhibition]

by Katharine Harmon

Paperback, 2009




New York, Princeton Architectural Press, cop. 2009


This work is filled with 350 works by well-known artists such as Joyce Kozloff, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, and Olafer Eliasson. All are wayfinders, charting the highways and byways of the spirit and the topography of the soul.

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LibraryThing member BookWallah
Normally I am a born sucker for books like this. But this one is too diffuse in its collection and arrangement to inspire a positive emotional response. I love the art in good cartography but what I found here was a haphazard arrangement of art with only a sporadic reference to maps let alone cartography.

In the end I decided it was the title, “The Map as Art…” that built up my hopes for something that simply was not to be – it should have been titled, “Artists explore the theme of maps”. Rebrand it with that on the cover and I think it might have warranted three and a half stars in my book, as it is this curmudgeon only rates it two stars for shattered expectations.… (more)
LibraryThing member annbury
Interesting and amusing, but not as fascinating as I had hoped. Since I am a map freak more than an art freak, the problem may be me -- really loved "Strange Maps"
LibraryThing member timtom
This superbly illustrated book presens a vast collection of map-related art, exploring the works of well-known as well as obscure artists with the same level of detail. Whether as the intrinsic aesthetic element or as a political statement, maps shown in this book all have a story to tell. At the end, I was nevertheless a bit disappointed, since most art pieces somewhat lack that very special combination of relevant data, precision and pure gorgeousness that sends my map-lover's heart racing...… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Arsty-fartsy. I'm not ignorant, but I don't have the true sensibility of an artist, a person who wants to explore philosophical ideas through creation of something startling. So some of these seem like they might be cool if we could actually see them performed (if appropriate), or at least in a gallery, instead of reduced into a book. But most left me cold. I did like the little essays which often gave enough insight to help me appreciate the intent of the author more. But stuff like seeing the shapes of the Hawaiian Islands in lichen on a rock and so labeling them doesn't mean art to me. That's just seeing Jesus in a potato chip, sorry.… (more)
LibraryThing member vpfluke
This book reveals that there can be a great overlap between art and maps. This coffee table book revels a large number of artists for whom there is an intersection between maping and their vision put on paper or sculpted. The book is truly imaginative and it is really absorbing to see what they have come up with.


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