Towards a "Reconciliation of Man and Nature". Nature and Ecology in the Aesthetic Avant-Garde of the Twentieth Century

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Abstract:

Avant-garde art is often regarded as a turn away from nature, due both to the rejection of conventional mimesis and to the special predilection of the avant-garde for technology and metropolitan life. Whereas some sections of the avant-garde might indeed have been "anti-nature", one can also observe a line of tradition in the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century reaching from the early twentieth century avant-garde (e.g. Die Br├╝cke, Arp, Schwitters, Lissitzky) to developments after the Second World War, notably in Land Art. In regard to a more harmonious stance towards nature, Land Art artists like Goldsworthy and Long realise in many respects what some protagonists of the early avant-garde formulated as their main pursuits.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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