An Anti Gallery Artistic Offshoot Essay

2168 Words Oct 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
When it emerged in the sixties among the crush of several other art movements (Pop Art, Minimalism, among others) Land Art came to be an anti-gallery artistic offshoot that straddled the domain between architecture and sculpture. It had no manifestos nor schools nor leaders and it was not quite a movement; the artists who were involved with it were also involved in other types of arts. Land art was labelled as modern ‘sculpture’ but its versatility and introduction of new concepts and visual materials made it difficult to ascribe it to one field or term. Later on, the term “Earth Works,” coined by Robert Smithson came to use, but Earth Works only refers to works that use earth while Land Art is an all-encompassing umbrella that includes works made with earth but also stone, water, and man-made materials such as concrete. Land artists, as they came to be known, removed themselves from the confines on the white box and track lighting and ventured outside the cities to use the open land as their canvases. As with any other new art movement, at the time of its inception, Earth Works were seen as radical. Not only had they turned their backs on standard sculpture making and materials, but had so far removed the art itself from the museum that it could not be seen and experienced first-hand, only in pictures. Holes dug in the ground, lines drawn on the ground, trenches that cut through cliffs, and mounds of earth dug up enraged some critics and members of the public alike.…

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