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Online Auxiliaries for Instructors and Students Acknowledgments Preface Schematics/Indexes/Glossaries Art Genres Art Strategies Eco Issues Eco Approaches Art: Artistic Infrastructure Introduction Eco Art Is Eco Art Is Not Eco: Ecolog ical Operatives Introduction Eco Art Themes Eco Art Aesthetics Eco Art Materials Twentieth-Century Eco Art Pioneers Ant Farm (USA) * Conspicuous Consumption Herbert Bayer (Austria) * Watershed Management and Beautification Joseph Beuys (Germany) * Energy Generation as Social Sculpture Hans Haacke (Germany) * Ecological/Political/Cultural Systems Helen and Newton Harrison (USA) * Strategies to Sustain Life Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austria) * Built Environments as Living Systems Allan Kaprow (USA) * Performing a River Frans Krajcberg (Poland) * Integral Naturalism Mario Merz (Italy) * Template of Life and Dynamism Carolee Schneemann (USA) * Primal Immersions Bonnie Ora Sherk (USA) * Urban Oasis Alan Sonfist (USA) * Preservation of Living Systems Mierle Laderman Ukeles (USA) * Honoring Maintenance Twenty-First-Century Eco Art Explorers Brandon Ballengee (USA) * Species Reclamation The Beehive Design Collective (USA) * The True Cost of Coal Mel Chin (USA) * Soil Remediation Chu Yun (China) * Planned Obsolescence Critical Art Ensemble (USA) * Contestational Biology Fernando Garcia-Dory (Spain ) * Neo-Pastoralism Bright Ugochukwu Eke (Nigeria) * Acid Rain Check Nicole Fournier (Canada) * Poly Agriculture Amy Franceschini (USA) * Do-It-Yourself Energy Generation Gelitin (Austria) * One with Nature Andy Goldsworthy (UK) * Anthropocentric/Ecocentric Beauty Andy Gracie (UK) * Bioelectronics Tue Greenfort (Denmark) * Salvation through Conservation Terike Haapoja (Finland) * Cross-Species Affinity HeHe (UK and Germany) * Air Pollutants Natalie Jeremijenko (Australia) * Citizen Ecologists Yun-Fei Ji (China) * Failings of an Engineering Triumph Eduardo Kac (Brazil) * Painting with Life Jae Rhim Lee (South Korea) * Cultivating the Human Body Maya Lin (USA) * The Sixth Extinction Michael Mandiberg (USA) * Tactical Media Campaign Viet Ngo (Vietnam) * Corporate-Scale Eco Art Marjetica Potrc (Slovenia ) * DIY Renewal for Slums and Condos Red Earth (UK) * Deep Time Pedro Reyes (Mexico ) * Pistols into Spades Tomas Saraceno (Argentina) * Sun/Wind/Flower Power Simon Starling (UK) * Energy Foibles and Follies Gerda Steiner and Jorg Lenzlinger (Switzerland) * Twin Perils -- Excess and Scarcity Tavares Strachan (Bahamas) * Prepping for Global Warming SUPERFLEX (Denmark) * Toolbox for Social Justice Reverend Billy Talen (USA) * Stop Shopping Gospel Tissue Culture & Art Project (Finland and UK) * Victimless Leather and Meat Lily Yeh (China) * Holistic Healing and Renewal Marina Zurkow (USA) * Turf Wars and Global Warming The Future Addendum: Personal Survey -- What Do I Believe? Suggestions for Further Research Index

About the Author

Linda Weintraub is author of Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art's Meaning in Contemporary Society; In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art and Avant-Guardians: Textlets in Art and Ecology. The first book deciphered vanguard art for popular audiences; the second examined the unique challenges of contemporary art-making; the third introduced the material, thematic, and conceptual innovations being introduced by eco artists.


"An indispensable addition to fine art libraries, museum collections, and libraries focusing on environmental science and conservation... Highly recommended." -- J. Decker, Georgetown College Choice "I believe this book will become an essential reference work for all those working as, or thinking of becoming, eco artists." -- Rob Harle Leonardo "This book is not only ideal for students but should also be essential reading for educators and curators alike." -- Penny Skerrett Green World "The book is a work of artist profiling and art theory, woven with clear and thoughtful insight. It belongs on the bookshelf of every intelligentsia." -- Allison Schulz The California Journal of Women Writers "To life! is thus offered to inspire more attempts to find ways out of our problems." -- Martin Spray Ecologist

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