Contemporary Landscape Painting

Joy, Clair. 2010. Contemporary Landscape Painting. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London [Thesis]

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This thesis will look at the concept of contemporary landscape painting as well as examples of artists whose work could be described as landscape painting in a contemporary context. I will be using different models (both theoretical and artistic) from those associated with the history of landscape painting to look at what contemporary landscape painting might now be. My purpose is twofold: to argue that the concept of landscape has been redefined and as a result landscape painting has new ways of being thought about, and to establish a context for my own practice.

I look at the idea of space-time to investigate how it defines place and as a result redefines landscape painting in a contemporary context. As a way of doing this I look at montage and at maps/mapping, both as ideas and as ways of working. Differing approaches and mediums as 'producing' spaces, rather than an emphasis on depicted visual characteristics (of buildings or the rural for instance), is also discussed as a concept that relates to contemporary landscape painting. Paintings can have a diverse materiality that may embody and refer to our experience of place. Paintings may also engage the 'discursive site' of landscape, reflecting the questions and issues related to shifting conceptual understandings of 'landscape' .

I look at the work of three established artists that may be seen as establishing new contexts in which to see contemporary landscape paintings. These artists are Robert Smithson, Alighiero Boetti and Eugenio Dittborn. Examples of artists who connect with concepts of space-time as unexpected and unpredictable, or use the co-existence of different 'spaces' in their methods of making and in their subject matter, are described as contemporary landscape painters. I have selected the artists Julie Mehretu, Sarah Morris, Angela de la Cruz, Neil Jenney, Nigel Cooke and Keith Tyson.

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landscape painting, space-time, montage, maps, mapping, Robert Smithson, Alighiero Boetti, Eugenio Dittborn, Julie Mehretu, Sarah Morris, Angela de la Cruz, Neil Jenney, Nigel Cooke, Keith Tyson.

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01 Jun 2020 10:17

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12 Sep 2022 14:09


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