Contemporary Artists Working Outside the City: Creative Retreat

1st Edition

Sarah Lowndes

Routledge
Published April 11, 2018
Reference - 234 Pages - 37 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138712607 - CAT# Y324705
Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

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Summary

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.

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