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Destination Art (Art Essentials)

Amy Dempsey


A lively, accessible introduction to artworks in the global landscape, including land art, site-specific art and sculpture parks

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Discover some of the world’s most inspiring artworks – each unique to its place and setting, and creating a destination in its own right.

The journey to the sites is often part of the thrill, with many artworks to be found in deserts, forests, rivers and seas, on farmland and mountains, and in ghost towns, nature reserves, former industrial sites, quarries and monasteries. Others may be hidden gems in cities or artists’ backyards.

From Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in Utah’s Great Salt Lake to Nek Chand’s Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India, and Antony Gormley’s Inside Australia at Lake Ballard, Amy Dempsey expertly guides readers through the most exciting Destination artworks in the world. This book includes stunning photographs accompanied by lively text, a chronology, a map and information on key works and where to find them.


'A perfect gazetteer for adventurous lovers of contemporary art'
Martin Gayford

'All the artworks in this book are worth making the journey for … a welcome addition to any armchair explorer’s bookshelf'
Studio International

'An immersive journey through landscapes across the world ... it is hard to imagine the appeal of Destination Art diminishing any time soon. The projects showcased in this book offer us the chance of immersive, multi-sensory encounters with place, of a kind that will have an increasingly rare and precious appeal'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.6 x 13.8 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 104

Publication date: 13 May 2021

ISBN: 9780500295601

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Personal Visions & the Rise of Land Art • 2. Monumental Art & the Environment • 3. Destination Art Comes of Age • 4. Destination Art Around the World

About the Author

Amy Dempsey is an art historian who studied under Rosalind Krauss at Hunter College in New York and received her doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Dempsey has contributed to a number of museum catalogues, and is the author of Styles, Schools and Movements (2002), the groundbreaking Destination Art (2006) and two titles in the Art Essentials series: Modern Art (2018) and Surrealism (2019), all published by Thames & Hudson.