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To life!: eco art in pursuit of a sustainable planet

To life!: eco art in pursuit of a sustainable planet

Weintraub, Linda

This title documents the burgeoning eco art movement from A to Z, presenting a panorama of artistic responses to environmental concerns, from Ant Farm's anti-consumer antics in the 1970s to Marina Zurkow's 2007 animation that anticipates the havoc wreaked upon the planet by climate change. This text is a survey of 20th- and 21st-century artists who are transforming the global challenges facing humanity and the Earth's diverse living systems

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Berkeley, Calif.; London: University of California Press, c2012
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Statement of responsibility: Linda Weintraub
ISBN: 0520273621, 9780520273627
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxxv, 340 p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm.
Subject: Landscape; Art, Modern 20th century Themes, motives.; Environmentalism in art.; Sustainability in art.; Art and Design.; Art, Modern 21st century Themes, motives.; Environmental art


  1. Online Auxiliaries for Instructors and Students
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Preface
  4. Schematics/Indexes/Glossaries
  5. Art Genres
  6. Art Strategies
  7. Eco Issues
  8. Eco Approaches
  9. Art: Artistic Infrastructure
  10. Introduction
  11. Eco Art Is
  12. Eco Art Is Not
  13. Eco: Ecolog ical Operatives
  14. Introduction
  15. Eco Art Themes
  16. Eco Art Aesthetics
  17. Eco Art Materials
  18. Twentieth-Century Eco Art Pioneers
  19. Ant Farm (USA) • Conspicuous Consumption
  20. Herbert Bayer (Austria) • Watershed Management and Beautification
  21. Joseph Beuys (Germany) • Energy Generation as Social Sculpture
  22. Hans Haacke (Germany) • Ecological/Political/Cultural Systems
  23. Helen and Newton Harrison (USA) • Strategies to Sustain Life
  24. Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austria) • Built Environments as Living Systems
  25. Allan Kaprow (USA) • Performing a River
  26. Frans Krajcberg (Poland) • Integral Naturalism
  27. Mario Merz (Italy) • Template of Life and Dynamism
  28. Carolee Schneemann (USA) • Primal Immersions
  29. Bonnie Ora Sherk (USA) • Urban Oasis
  30. Alan Sonfist (USA) • Preservation of Living Systems
  31. Mierle Laderman Ukeles (USA) • Honoring Maintenance
  32. Twenty-First-Century Eco Art Explorers
  33. Brandon Ballengée (USA) • Species Reclamation
  34. The Beehive Design Collective (USA) • The True Cost of Coal
  35. Mel Chin (USA) • Soil Remediation
  36. Chu Yun (China) • Planned Obsolescence
  37. Critical Art Ensemble (USA) • Contestational Biology
  38. Fernando García-Dory (Spain ) • Neo-Pastoralism
  39. Bright Ugochukwu Eke (Nigeria) • Acid Rain Check
  40. Nicole Fournier (Canada) • Poly Agriculture
  41. Amy Franceschini (USA) • Do-It-Yourself Energy Generation
  42. Gelitin (Austria) • One with Nature
  43. Andy Goldsworthy (UK) • Anthropocentric/Ecocentric Beauty
  44. Andy Gracie (UK) • Bioelectronics
  45. Tue Greenfort (Denmark) • Salvation through Conservation
  46. Terike Haapoja (Finland) • Cross-Species Affinity
  47. HeHe (UK and Germany) • Air Pollutants
  48. Natalie Jeremijenko (Australia) • Citizen Ecologists
  49. Yun-Fei Ji (China) • Failings of an Engineering Triumph
  50. Eduardo Kac (Brazil) • Painting with Life
  51. Jae Rhim Lee (South Korea) • Cultivating the Human Body
  52. Maya Lin (USA) • The Sixth Extinction
  53. Michael Mandiberg (USA) • Tactical Media Campaign
  54. Viet Ngo (Vietnam) • Corporate-Scale Eco Art
  55. Marjetica Potrc (Slovenia ) • DIY Renewal for Slums and Condos
  56. Red Earth (UK) • Deep Time
  57. Pedro Reyes (Mexico ) • Pistols into Spades
  58. Tomás Saraceno (Argentina) • Sun/Wind/Flower Power
  59. Simon Starling (UK) • Energy Foibles and Follies
  60. Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger (Switzerland) • Twin Perils — Excess and Scarcity
  61. Tavares Strachan (Bahamas) • Prepping for Global Warming
  62. SUPERFLEX (Denmark) • Toolbox for Social Justice
  63. Reverend Billy Talen (USA) • Stop Shopping Gospel
  64. Tissue Culture & Art Project (Finland and UK) • Victimless Leather and Meat
  65. Lily Yeh (China) • Holistic Healing and Renewal
  66. Marina Zurkow (USA) • Turf Wars and Global Warming
  67. The Future
  68. Addendum: Personal Survey — What Do I Believe?
  69. Suggestions for Further Research
  70. Index

Author note

Linda Weintraub is author of Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society; In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art and Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology. The first book deciphered vanguard art for popular audiences; the second examined the unique challenges of contemporary art-making; the third introduced the material, thematic, and conceptual innovations being introduced by eco artists.


“An indispensable addition to fine art libraries, museum collections, and libraries focusing on environmental science and conservation. . . . Highly recommended.”
Choice||“I believe this book will become an essential reference work for all those working as, or thinking of becoming, eco artists."
Leonardo||“This book is not only ideal for students but should also be essential reading for educators and curators alike.”
Green World||"The book is a work of artist profiling and art theory, woven with clear and thoughtful insight. It belongs on the bookshelf of every intelligentsia."
The California Journal of Women Writers||"To life! is thus offered to inspire more attempts to find ways out of our problems."