Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Ephemeral Works 2004-2014

Book - 2015
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For forty years, Andy Goldsworthy has worked with an extraordinary range of natural materials, often at their source. On an almost daily basis, he makes works of art using the materials and conditions that he encounters wherever he is, be it the land around his Scottish home, the mountain regions of France or Spain, or the pavements of New York City, Glasgow, or Rio de Janeiro. Out of earth, rocks, leaves, ice, snow, rain, sunlight and shadow he makes artworks that exist briefly before they are altered and erased by natural processes. They are documented in his photographs, and their larger meanings are bound up with the conditions, forces and processes that they embody: materiality, temporality, growth, vitality, permanence, decay, chance, labour and memory. Ephemeral Works features approximately two hundred of these works, selected by Goldsworthy from thousands he has made between 2001 and the present, and arranged in chronological sequence, capturing his creative process as it interacts with material, place, and the passage of time and seasons.
Publisher: New York :, Abrams,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781419717796
Characteristics: 367 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 37 cm
Alternative Title: Ephemeral works 2004-2014


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Nov 19, 2017

This massively oversized book has lots of pretty pictures. Necessary, since Goldsworthy’s art (made from natural sources only) is by nature ephemeral (hence the title) and needs to be chronicled. Particularly beautiful are the elm branches wrapped in elm leaves over a stream, and circle of curved sticks around a boulder. However, much of the book is of Goldsworthy throwing dust or water into the air, or similar activities: these produce fascinating fractal patterns but are not as interesting as some of his other, more detailed and constructed work.

SnoIsleLib_JenniferF May 09, 2017

Nature to art to nature. Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures are captivating, impossible - brought to life wherever their materials may lay. And except for the striking photographs, completely temporary. Like being in on a secret.


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