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Green Light: Toward an Art of Evolution

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By Gessert, George

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Humans have bred plants and animals with an eye to aesthetics for centuries: flowers are selected for colorful blossoms or luxuriant foliage; racehorses are prized for the elegance of their frames. Hybridized plants were first exhibited as fine art in 1936, when the Museum of Mod...ern Art in New York showed Edward Steichen's hybrid delphiniums. Since then, bio art has become a genre; artists work with a variety of living things, including plants, animals, bacteria, slime molds, and fungi. Many commentators have addressed the social and political concerns raised by making art out of living material. In Green Light, however, George Gessert examines the role that aesthetic perception has played in bio art and other interventions in evolution. Gessert looks at a variety of life forms that humans have helped shape, focusing on plants--the most widely domesticated form of life and the one that has been crucial to his own work as an artist. We learn about pleasure gardens of the Aztecs, cultivated for intoxicating fragrance; the aesthetic standards promoted by national plant societies; a daffodil that looks like a rose; and praise for weeds and wildflowers.
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ISBN 9780262517300
Released NZ 15 Feb 2012
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Series Leonardo
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ISBN-13 9780262517300
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Feb 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Gessert, George
Series Leonardo
Category Art Styles Not Limited By Date
Nature In Art, Still Life, Landscapes & Seascapes
Number of Pages 264
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 704.943
Weight 431g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Nature (Aesthetics), Evolution (Biology) - Philosophy, Biotechnology in art, Art and biology
NBS Text Fine Arts / Art History
ONIX Text General/trade