Earth Art - Willoughby Sharp
First edition. Oblong 8vo. Unpaginated. B&w illustrations throughout. Brown printed paper wraps. New York: Cornell University, 1970.
Wrappers a little sunned and the binding somewhat fragile with the first page loose. A well survived copy of a delicate book.
Striking exhibition catalogue documenting a show at Cornell University in 1969 that explored artists making 'Earthworks'. This term emerged with the 1960s land art movement and specifically referred to artists using the land itself as a canvas or sculptural material. The exhibition 'Earth Art' curated by Willoughby Sharp at Cornell was the first show in the US dedicated to this new way of working. The exhibition featured site-specific installations by nine artists: Jan Dibbets, Hans Haacke, Günther Uecker, Richard Long, David Medalla, Neil Jenny, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim and Robert Smithson. Many of the students at Cornell were actively involved in the programme, assisting the artists to make their works and photographing the final installations. A beautifully designed and informative publication including numerous illustrations of these typically ephemeral works.