Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene

Julie Reiss (Ed.)

by Julie Doyle (University of Brighton, UK), Margaretha Häggström (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Patrizia Costantin (Manchester School of Art, UK), Weiyi Chang (University of British Columbia, Canada), Patricia Tinajero (Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Art Philosophy, USA), David Haley (Zhongyuan University of Technology, China), Eva Horn (University of Vienna, Austria), Julie Reiss (Christie’s Education, New York), Martha Schwendener (Steinhardt School, New York University), Aviva Rahmani, Alice Momm, Jennifer McGregor (Director of Arts and Senior Curator, Wave Hill, New York), Paul Ardenne (University of Amiens, France)

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Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene contributes to the growing literature on artistic responses to global climate change and its consequences. Designed to include multiple perspectives, it contains essays by thirteen art historians, art critics, curators, artists and educators, and offers different frameworks for talking about visual representation and the current environmental crisis. The anthology models a range of methodological approaches drawn from different disciplines, and contributes to an understanding of how artists and those writing about art construct narratives around the environment. The book is illustrated with examples of art by nearly thirty different contemporary artists.

Julie Reiss
Chapter 1 The Anthropocene sublime: Justin Guariglia’s artwork
Eva Horn
Chapter 2 Art, theory, and the Anthropocene
Martha Schwendener
Chapter 3 Art as destruction: an inquiry into creation
David Haley
Chapter 4 Imaginative engagements: critical reflections on visual arts and climate change
Julie Doyle
Chapter 5 Ecological art—origins, reality, becoming
Paul Ardenne
Translated by Charles Penwarden
Chapter 6 Charting urgency and agency
Jennifer McGregor
Chapter 7 Terra incognita: exhibiting ice in the Anthropocene
Julie Reiss
Chapter 8 Ethical grounds: the aesthetic actions of soil
María Patricia Tinajero
Chapter 9 After nature and culture: plastiglomerate in the age of capital
Weiyi Chang
Chapter 10 Curating digital decay: machines will watch us die
Patrizia Costantin
Chapter 11 A Poem - A Leaf
Alice Momm
Chapter 12 Blued Trees as Policy: art, law, science and the Anthropocene
Aviva Rahmani
Chapter 13 Students being transformed into trees: inverted anthropomorphization in order to enhance connectedness to natural environments and plants
Margaretha Häggström
Notes on the contributors

Julie Reiss directs Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market, an accredited MA program at Christie’s Education, New York. She received her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of CUNY. A pioneering scholar in the field of installation art, she is the author of From Margin to Center: The Spaces of Installation Art (MIT Press, 1999), as well as numerous essays and reviews. She has spoken on panels relating to art and the environment including “Shifting Domains: Artists Respond to the Threatened Ecological Commons,” (Rauschenberg Project Space, Marfa Dialogues, 2013), “Landscape and the Anthropocene,” (College Art Association, 2016), and chaired several related panels including “Mapping, Extracting and Remaking: Contemporary Art and the Environment” (Christie’s Education, 2015), and “Art and Sustainability in the Anthropocene” (Council for European Studies, Univ. of Glasgow, 2017).

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Book Title
Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene
Number of pages
Physical size
236mm x 160mm
2 B&W and 48 Color
Publication date
March 2019