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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London UK (22 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907317872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907317873
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 17 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...without a doubt inspiring; each page invites us to follow our own path towards the mediative action of walking and to move, consciously, towards a creative life.' --Sphere

'This overview of artworks dealing with walking completely took me by surprise. I was expecting psychogeography, peripatetics, geolocation and theory. But The Art of Walking: A Field Guide is not only light on words, it also follows themes that range from aliens to slapstick to dog walking. The way the content is illustrated is worth a mention too. There are the usual photos that document performances of course but also letters, preparatory drawings, souvenir programme, etc. The succession of images for each artwork allows the reader to fill in the dots, complete the short presentation text and create their own narrative. The author even asked some of the artists to participate in the editorial process. For example, The Art of Walking opens on a series of proposals that artist Peter Liversidge wrote down on his old typewriter for the author of the book, for himself or for the reader. He invites you to put down the book and go outside, for example. And following his suggestion, the book closes on 5 empty pages for you to write down notes. The book was thus nothing I expected. And that's never a bad thing.' --we-make-money-not-art.com/

About the Author

David Evans is a writer and picture editor, based in Bournemouth, England. Recent works include Appropriation (The Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2009), László Moholy-Nagy: 60 Fotos (Errata Editions, 2011) and Critical Dictionary (Black Dog Publishing, 2011).

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If you enjoyed Mark Thomas' Extreme Rambling and are familiar with the walking works of Francis Alys or Patrick Keiler's Robinson Institute at Tate Britain, when he walked to avoid global catastrophe, then you might find this book disappointing. Strong on largely photographic images the text is too light for my liking - I prefer more context, more mediation, especially when the work in book form can rarely speak for itself.
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