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Andy Goldsworthy is an amazing artist; Time is an absolutely appropriate title for this because all his creations disintegrate/blow away/float away/evaporate/melt with time. I love how Goldsworthy goes to a location, discovers materials on the scene, and attaches rocks, clay, sticks, and leaves together into gorgeous but extremely temporal images. All his creations are so connected to passing time, light, change, and nature.

The text is quite detailed concerning the process of creating his art, which may not be as interesting as the pictures for most of us, but it's fascinating and really helps clarify the relation to the passing of time and light.
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
The sort of art book you read and think about, and read again. ( )
  LaurieRKing | Mar 10, 2010 |
Goldworthy's work is extremely interesting to me because of its use of natural materials and settings that make a implicit statement about the ephemeral nature of life and art. ( )
  andersonden | Nov 20, 2008 |
A fascinating man who alters nature for his art. We watched hiim build the mounds at the East Wing. This is the book from the National Gallery exhibition, but his film and other books show an amazing breadth of work, none of it lasting, except through film and photograpy. ( )
  sungene | Nov 14, 2007 |
Goldsworthy focuses on the effect that time has on natural mediums in this unique book of artwork. ( )
  mamorico | Nov 6, 2006 |
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Whether measured in minutes or eons, time is a good friend of British artist Andy Goldsworthy's. He spends long, solitary days outdoors in all kinds of weather, doing things like piecing together many, many yellow leaves to create a brilliant band of color at a river's edge in upstate New York or stacking small pieces of ice on the Nova Scotia coast to build a sculpture in the compact shape of an ancient stone monument. Threatened by a strong gust of wind, the incoming tide, or a sudden rise in temperature, these are fugitive works comfortably in synch with the natural rhythms of growth and decay.

Other works of his are longer-lasting. In walls made of stacked stones with hollowed-out oval "chambers" the size of his body--which he began building in 1999 in Lancashire, England--Goldsworthy makes reference not only to the shapes of graves in a nearby church but also to his personal history in the region and the enduring qualities of a rugged landscape.

Goldsworthy is the rare artist who can describe what he does in simple, concrete terms that nonetheless reveal his larger vision. Time is a very satisfying collection of 500 photographs, nearly all taken by him, that document the creation and subsequent mutations of his work. These evocative images are illuminated by excerpts from the diaries he kept as he created five projects in Europe and North America in the '90s. He discusses what it's like to explore an unfamiliar landscape, assess how the elements will work for and against him, and perform what are essentially a set of experiments. Success means making work that is, as he writes, "completely welded to its site." --Cathy Curtis

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"The book is structured around six locations where Goldsworthy has worked over recent years - the semi-desert of Santa Fe, the verdant landscape of New York State in which Cornell University is set, Nova Scotia, forest and coastal areas in Holland, a geological reserve in the south of France and, of course, the area around his home in south-west Scotland. Rich insights into his working methods are provided by the artist's diaries which deliberately document the failures as well as the successes and vividly evoke the ways in which he familiarises himself with a new locale and begins to 'touch' it." "An erudite and fully illustrated chronology compiled by Dr. Terry Friedman provides an overall account of Goldsworthy's career to date, showing, among other things, how particular forms often take many years to become fully developed.". "With a selection of more than 500 illustrations, Time is destined to become the definitive reference source on Goldsworthy's sculpture."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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