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Spiral Jetta by Erin Hogan
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Sep 04, 11

bookshelves: arts, bio, ibook, non-fiction
Read in September, 2011

Not normally a book I would have read, but the August free book from University of Chicago Press.

And I did enjoy it, for it works on two levels: an overview of "modern land art" (Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels, Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field, James Turrell’s Roden Crater, Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, and the contemporary art mecca of Marfa, Texas) and a self discovery travelogue. While I don't get the meaning behind the "art" part ("Presentness is grace."-- Michael Fried, Art and Objecthood, ...indeed??), it was interesting hearing about them.

Hogan's writing style is inviting and her humor at her foibles charming.

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