Outdoor Art by Silvia Langen: From Edward James’s surreal sculpture garden Las Pozas in Mexico to Anselm Kiefer’s sprawling studio complex in the French countryside, artists and art collectors are creating outdoor spaces in order to display sculpture and art that is both transformative and powerful. This book is filled with breathtaking photographs of 25 of these spaces from throughout the world – many of which are not open to the public. Captured in brilliant colour, these spaces are populated by works that both enhance and are enhanced by the landscape: rolling hills, mountain lakes, shaded canyons and empty deserts. Readers will discover Anish Kapoor’s startling red steel tube draped across the rolling hills of New Zealand and an enormous pumpkin created by Yayoi Kusama, which sits on a pier overlooking Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. Each park’s concept is based on a unique theme or idea and some of these spaces invite contemplation both spiritual and scientific, while others blend horticultural elements with manmade objects. As large-scale works grow in popularity, these collections – built and designed by entrepreneurs, landscape architects, environmentalists, artists and garden experts – demonstrate the endless possibilities of displaying art in nature’s realm.
Outdoor Gallery: New York City by Yoav Litvin: ‘Outdoor Gallery’ documents the vibrancy of the diverse contemporary street art environment of New York City. The book predominantly collects the work of New York based artists, running the gamut from old school graffiti writers; to contemporary street artists such as Hellbent and Gaia, and also some international fellow travellers such as Nick Walker. The book features hundreds of pieces of art by 46 different artists. The well-photographed works are accompanied by the artists’ musings on New York, street art and their own processes.
Two new books currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library. Available to browse until 9th March after which time they may be borrowed. If you would like to place a reservation, please follow the link to the library catalogue.