by Monica Salazar // March 29, 2011
This is the first retrospective study of Nancy Holt, the visionary American artist a landmark companion book to the Nancy Holt: Sightlines exhibition. Holt’s wide-ranging body of work since the late 1960s includes Land art–particularly the monumental Sun Tunnels (1973-76), major works of sculpture, installations, photography, film, and video. A comprehensive representation of her working process in both word and image, this book illuminates Holt’s interest in physical space and reveals how the geographical variety and boundlessness of the American landscape afforded the artist numerous opportunities to develop large-scale projects beyond the confines of New York City’s gallery walls.
Essays by a diverse and distinguished group of contributors–including Pamela M. Lee, Lucy R. Lippard, Ines Schaber, and Matthew Coolidge–chart Holt’s artistic trajectory from her initial exploration of sound, light, and industrial materials to major site interventions and environmental sculpture. James Meyers valuable interview with Holt and Julia Alderson’s illustrated chronology expand our knowledge of this groundbreaking artist and the crucial contexts in which she worked. More than twenty-five original writings by the artist and a rare selection of her concrete poetry, documentary photographs, and preparatory drawings reveal Holt’s concepts of space, time, optics, and scale.
NANCY HOLT: SIGHTLINES
Alena J. Williams
With contributions by Pamela M. Lee, Lucy R. Lippard, Nancy Holt, Matthew Coolidge, Ines Schaber, James Meyer, and Julia Alderson
University of California Press, 2011
280 illustrations (201 color, 79 black and white)
£34.95 / 42,50 Euros