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The Andy Goldsworthy Project

Molly Donovan, Tina Fiske

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The first book devoted to British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy’s permanent oeuvre


In January 2003 British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy was invited to create a work of art for the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The project began with a series of ephemeral works on Government Island in Stafford County, Virginia. From this phase a series of photographic suites and a diary remain. The second phase of the project resulted in Roof, a site-specific sculpture comprising nine stacked-slate domes installed in the East Building of the Gallery by Goldsworthy, his assistant, and a group of British drystone wallers in the winter of 2004/2005.

This is the most substantial scholarly volume devoted to Andy Goldsworthy's work in twenty years and the first to underscore the permanent oeuvre of the artist. The book traces the development of Goldsworthy’s project at the Gallery from conception to completion and situates the artist’s sculpture and practice within an age-long tradition of structures. It features the only fully illustrated catalogue documenting Goldsworthy’s commissioned installations — more than 120 works dating from 1984 to 2008 and spanning three continents.

Combining thorough documentation, in-depth analysis, and contextual scholarship within a visually rich format, The Andy Goldsworthy Project is a landmark publication on the artist.

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'There are plenty of beautiful photographs of Goldsworthy’s completed works throughout, but a huge part of the pleasure in the work is gained from the process and planning, via diagrams, essays, and in-progress shots'
Artists & Illustrators

'A gorgeous book for lovers of art or nature to return to again and again'
Aberdeen Press and Journal (Book of the Week)

'The in-depth analysis of his work provides a brilliant insight into the artist and the philosophy behind his works and this is something to dip into again and again'
Northern Echo

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 30.5 x 27.9 cm

Extent: 228 pp

Illustrations: 284

Publication date: 12 April 2010

ISBN: 9780500238714

About the Author

Molly Donovan is Associate Curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art.

Tina Fiske is based at the University of Glasgow, where she lectures in art history and is a research associate with the National Collecting Scheme.

John Beardsley is director of garden and landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks and senior lecturer in the department of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Martin Kemp is professor emeritus of the history of art at Oxford University

List of Contributors

John Beardsley, Martin Kemp