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date: 10 December 2019

Environmental artlocked

  • Alfred Pacquement
  •  and Tom Williams

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Term that has been used variously to refer to either installation art or art that pursues an ecological agenda. In the case of the former, it refers to an art form that is based on the premise that a work of art should invade the totality of the architecture around it and be conceived as a complete space rather than an object hanging on a wall or placed within a space. This idea, which became widespread during the 1960s and 1970s in a number of different aesthetic formulations, can be traced back to earlier types of art not usually referred to as environments: the wall paintings of ancient tombs, the frescoes of Roman or of Renaissance art, and the paintings of Baroque chapels, which surround the spectator and entirely cover the architectural structure that shelters them. Indeed, the whole of art history prior to the transportable easel picture is linked to ...

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