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The Andy Goldsworthy Project


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by Molly Donovan and Tina Fiske

This is the most substantial scholarly volume devoted to British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy’s work in twenty years and the first to underscore his permanent oeuvre.

In January 2003 Goldsworthy was invited to create a work of art for the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The project began with a series of ephemeral works on Government Island in Stafford County, Virginia. From this phase a series of photographic suites and a diary remain. The second phase of the project resulted in Roof, a site-specific sculpture comprising nine stacked-slate domes installed by Goldsworthy, his assistant, and a group of British drystone wallers in the winter of 2004/2005.

The book traces the development of Goldsworthy’s project at the Gallery from conception to completion and situates the artist’s sculpture and practice within an age-long tradition of structures.

The book also features the only fully illustrated catalogue documenting Goldsworthy’s commissioned installations — more than 120 works dating from 1984 to 2008 and spanning three continents.

Combining thorough documentation, in-depth analysis, and contextual scholarship in a visually rich format, The Andy Goldsworthy Project is a landmark publication on the artist.

‘There are plenty of beautiful photographs of Goldsworthy’s completed works throughout, but a huge part of the pleasure in the work is gained from the process and planning, via diagrams, essays, and in-progress shots’ – Artists & Illustrators

'The in-depth analysis of his work provides a brilliant insight into the artist and the philosophy behind his works and this is something to dip into again and again' – Northern Echo

‘A gorgeous book for lovers of art or nature to return to again and again’ – Book of the Week, The Aberdeen Press and Journal

Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Molly Donovan is associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art. Tina Fiske is based at the University of Glasgow, where she lectures in art history.

284 Illustrations, 280 in color
First published 2010