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Author Halkes, Petra, 1946-

Title Aspiring to the landscape : on painting and the subject of nature / Petra Halkes
Published Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2006]


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Description xii, 184 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Summary "The idea of nature as a cultural construction has been discussed extensively in postmodern theory. Less attention, however, has been paid to the underlying motivations shaping the ideologies of nature, in particular the desire to submit to some larger order outside of oneself. Aspiring to the Landscape examines this persistent desire and how it is made manifest in contemporary landscape art."
"Four installations of large-scale paintings by Canadian artists Eleanor Bond, Susan Feindel, Stephen Hutchings, and Wanda Koop are the focus of Petra Halkes's study. The works vary widely in style and iconography but are drawn together by the way they invite viewers to reflect on the troubled relationship between culture and nature, and on the contradictory and simultaneous longing to conquer and to succumb to nature." "It is the tension between modern and postmodern interpretations of the subject of nature that makes the theory and the artwork discussed in Aspiring to the Landscape so important to Canadian culture."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [165]-176) and index
Subject Landscape painting, Canadian -- 20th century.
Nature in art.
LC no. 2006278772
ISBN 0802038948 (bound)
9780802038944 (bound)