Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime explores contemporary painting, photography, sculpture, and video through the lens of influential English art critic and social thinker John Ruskin (1819–1900), who argued that the artist’s principal responsibility is “truth to nature.” For Ruskin, this “truth” was more than just a technical representation of the natural world on canvas but also a depiction of it as experienced by humankind. In Landscapes after Ruskin, guest curator and artist Joel Sternfeld examines how, in a world overwhelmed by industrial development and environmental uncertainty, contemporary artists are discovering new beauties and terrors associated with nature and, in so doing, invoking an updated sense of the sublime. The exhibition features a wide range of works by over fifty artists, including Simon Aldridge, Richard Artschwager, Christiane Baumgartner, Katherine Bradford, Spencer Finch, Neil Jenney, Raymond Pettibon, Michal Rovner, Ai Weiwei, and David Wojnarowicz, among others. Organized by the Hall Art Foundation, the exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.
The Hardcover edition of Landscapes After Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime, is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Publication date is May 31, 2018. The book is edited by Joel Sternfeld and In Landscapes after Ruskin a joyful experience of nature is now mixed with a certain terror as the earth and its atmosphere are increasingly touched by human activity. Essays by Lynn Gumpert, Director of Grey Art Gallery; Dale Jamison, NYU Professor of E nvironmental Studies and Philosophy; Joel Sternfeld, renowned and influential artist; Chris Wiley, acclaimed contemporary art writer; explore contemporary painting, photography, sculpture, and video through the lens of influential English art critic and so cial thinker John Ruskin (1819 – 1900), who argued that the artist’s principal responsibility is “truth to nature.”
Landscapes after Ruskin: Redefining the Sublime includes works by Adam Adach, Simon Aldridge, Joe Andoe, Richard Artschwager, Dan Attoe, Georg Baselitz, Christiane Baumgartner, Larry Bell, Joseph Beuys, Katherine Bradford, Christo, Mary Corse, Gustave Courbet, Christoph Draeger, Roe Ethridge, Spencer Finch, Eric Fischl, Andreas Gursky, Eberhard Havekost, Neil Jenney, DoDo Jin Ming, Anselm Kiefer, Carla Klein, Richard Long, Dora Longo Bahia, Florian Maier-Aichen, Tony Matelli, Carlos Motta, Bruce Nauman, Robert Overby, Raymond Pettibon, The Atlas Group/Walid Raad, Anselm Reyle, Michal Rovner, Serban Savu, Christian Schumann, Norbert Schwontkowski, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tim Trantenroth, Debora Warner, William Wegman, Matthias Weischer, Ai Weiwei, Anke Weyer, Jane and Louise Wilson and Thomas Wrede.
Curated by Joel Sternfeld
HALL ART FOUNDATION
May 14 - November 27, 2016