1st Edition

Contemporary Artists Working Outside the City
Creative Retreat




ISBN 9781138712607
Published April 11, 2018 by Routledge
234 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

USD $155.00

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Book Description

This book reflects on the motivations of creative practitioners who have moved out of cities from the mid-1960s onwards to establish creative homesteads. The book focuses on desert exile painter Agnes Martin, radical filmmaker and gardener Derek Jarman, and iconoclastic conceptual artist Chris Burden, detailing their connections to the cities they had left behind (New York, London, Los Angeles). Sarah Lowndes also examines how the rise of digital technologies has made it more possible for artists to live and work outside the major art centers, especially given the rising cost of living in London, Berlin, and New York, focusing on three peripheral creative centers: the seaside town of Hastings, England, the midsized metro of Leipzig, Germany, and post-industrial Detroit, USA.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Figures

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART I

Introduction

1 The Back to the Land Movement: from the 1840s to the 1970s

PART II

The Creative Homesteads of Agnes Martin, Derek Jarman and Chris Burden

2 We are Born as Nouns Not Verbs: Agnes Martin and the New Mexico Desert (1968-2004)

3 Vaster than Empires and More Slow: Derek Jarman and Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, Kent (1987-1994)

4 In a Free Spot: Chris Burden and Topanga Canyon, California (1984-2015)

PART III

The Rise of the Town-Country: Contemporary Creative Homesteaders

5 The Lure of the Midsize Metro: Leipzig 6 Neither City nor Country: Hastings

7 In the ruins, a garden: Detroit

Conclusion

Index

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Biography

Sarah Lowndes is a writer and curator who lectures at Glasgow School of Art and other institutions