On landscape / perception / space / histories of the natural / ways of seeing
A collation of the texts i have read these past 12 months that have been particularly helpful, and things i am yet to read but am looking forward to. Any further suggestions that seem relevant would be very welcome....
Andrews, Malcolm - Landscape and Western Art - good stuff on the early side of things - a good overview, i thought.
Baudrillard, Jean - Simulacra and Simulation - the map is the territory.
Berger, John - Ways of Seeing - pretty important text, i think, despite the passing of years... he has such a sweet way of writing.
De Vries, Herman - Chance and Change - a very individual approach to landscape.
Goldsworthy, Andy - Hand to Earth - his best text in my opinion - less big colour plates, more process - an overview of his concerns 1976-1990.
Jenks, Charles - The Garden of Cosmic Specultation - trippy as this sounds, I found the text quite good, even if it is a bit of an ode to Jenks' departed wife.
Kastner, Jeffery and Wallis, Brian - Land and Environmental Art - a pretty good overview of the usual suspects - i drooled over this when i first found it - it still holds up tho, I feel.
R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, N. Bourquin ed. - Into the Nature… Of Creatures And Wilderness - published in 2006, i found this interesting in terms of what art within this realm was being hearalded as interesting... some lovely bits, some yawns
Solnit, Rebecca - A field guide to getting lost - essays on solitude and different versions of lost.
Solnit, Rebecca - Wanderlust - a history of walking - walking within western culture, and how it has related to, and sometimes governed, our perception of the natural world.
Solnit, Rebecca - River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West - contains some great stuff on the sociological history of American landscape in its depiction.
Solnit, Rebecca - As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art - some very good essays in here on different perceptions of landscape.
Thoreau, Henry David - Walden - Ye Olde but still very much referenced so a bit of a goer. Describes in plain language an experience of attempting to live within the cycles of nature with minimal enhancement.
On the waiting list:
Berger, John - Selected Essays of John Berger
Berger, John - About looking
Tuan, Yi-Fu - Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience
Casey, Edward - Earth-Mapping: Artists Reshaping Landscape
Barringer, Tim and Wilton, Andrew - American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820-1880
Dreikausen, Margret - Aerial Perception: The Earth As Seen from Aircraft and Spacecraft and Its Influence on Contemporary Art
Schama, Simon - Landscape And Memory
Harrison, Robert Pogue - Forests: The Shadow of Civilization
Bachelard, Gaston - The Poetics of Space
Fisher, Phillip - Wonder, the Rainbow, and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences