'The Map As Art' offers an overview of mainly very recent work, with a brief historical and theoretical introduction. Well over a hundred artists are represented by some three hundred and sixty full-colour illustrations, each with a brief contexualising text. The book is organised into seven thematic sections: in five of these, one artist is singled out for fuller treatment in a short essay.
This is an attractive, colourful book that makes a strong case for the influence of cartography and schematic illustration on contemporary art practices in a variety of media. Inevitably, there is an emphasis on the political and identity-making aspects of map making and the ways in which artists can appropriate, comment upon and subvert these often concealed or unconscious agendas. However, the sheer variety of work and the strength of the artists' response to the map as object allows a purely aesthetic response free rein.
Recommended particularly to anyone with an interest in contemporary art, and more narrowly to anyone wishing to see or demonstrate how a common thematic preoccupation may result in a wide range of artistic achievement.
on 4 December 2015
Fascinating! Art and geography, art and maps...changes the way of looking, interpreting and appreciating both. Appreciating maps as art sounds like it might be referring to those beautiful hand-draw old maps of the past...but no!...this goes further and u, while clearly rating maps and mapping uses
them as inspiration for art. The examples of artists working with maps is eclectic, fascinating and inspiring.