Saturday, November 24, 2007

Andy Goldsworthy (born July 26, 1956) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist living in Scotland who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. His art involves the use of natural and found objects to create both temporary and permanent sculptures which draw out the character of their environment.

The materials used in Goldsworthy's art often include brightly-coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, "I think it's incredibly brave to be working flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole."

Andy Goldsworthy Artistic style

1979 – North West Arts Award
1980 – Yorkshire Arts Award
1981 – Northern Arts Award
1982 – Northern Arts Award
1986 – Northern Arts Bursary
1987 – Scottish Arts Council Award
1989 – Northern Electricity Arts Award Awards

(1985) Rain, Sun, Snow, Hail, Mist, Calm : Photoworks by Andy Goldsworthy. Leeds: Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture. ISBN 0-9019-8124-9. 
(1988) Parkland. [Yorkshire]: Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ISBN 1-8714-8000-0. 
(1989) Touching North. London: Fabian Carlsson. ISBN 0-9482-7406-9. 
(1989) Leaves. London: Common Ground. ISBN 1-8703-6407-4. 
(1990) Andy Goldsworthy. London: Viking. ISBN 0-6708-3213-8.  Republished as (1990) Andy Goldsworthy : A Collaboration with Nature. New York, N.Y.: H.N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-3351-9. 
(1992) Ice and Snow Drawings : 1990–1992. Edinburgh: FruitMarket Gallery. ISBN 0-947912-06-1. 
Goldsworthy, Andy; Terry Friedman (1993). Hand to Earth : Andy Goldsworthy Sculpture, 1976–1990. New York, N.Y.: H.N. Abrams. ISBN 0-8109-3420-5. 
(1994) Stone. London: Viking. ISBN 0-6708-5478-6. 
(1995) Black Stones, Red Pools : Dumfriesshire Winter 1994–5. London: Pro Arte Foundation in association with Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art Ltd. & Galerie Lelong, N.Y. ISBN 0-9525-4570-5. 
Goldsworthy, Andy; Steve Chettle; Paul Nesbitt & Andrew Humphries (1996). Sheepfolds. London: Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art Ltd. 
(1996) Wood. London: Viking. ISBN 0-6708-7137-0. 
Goldsworthy, Andy; David Craig (1999). Arch. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-5000-1933-9. 
(2000) Time. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-5005-1026-1. 
Goldsworthy, Andy; Jerry L. Thompson & Storm King Art Center (2000). Wall at Storm King. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-5000-1991-6. 
(2001) Midsummer Snowballs. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-5005-1065-2. 
(2002) Andy Goldsworthy : Refuges D'Art. Lyon; Digne, France: Editions Artha; Musée départemental de Digne. ISBN 2-8484-5001-0. 
(2004) Passage. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-5005-1191-8. 
(2007) Enclosure. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-5000-9336-9.  Publications
(featuring the installation Storm King Wall)
Mountainville, Cornwall, New York, U.S.
(featuring the installation Stone Houses)
New York City, New York, U.S.
A national touring exhibition from the Haywood Gallery
National Mall, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Aspen, Colorado, U.S.
West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Major exhibitions and installations
In 1982, Goldsworthy married Judith Gregson. They had four children and settled in the village of Penpont in the region of Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfriesshire, in southwest Scotland. He now lives there with his partner, Tina Fiske, an art historian whom he met when she came to work with him a few years after he separated from his wife.

Personal life

"I find some of my new works disturbing, just as I find nature as a whole disturbing. The landscape is often perceived as pastoral, pretty, beautiful – something to be enjoyed as a backdrop to your weekend before going back to the nitty-gritty of urban life. But anybody who works the land knows it's not like that. Nature can be harsh – difficult and brutal, as well as beautiful. You couldn't walk five minutes from here without coming across something that is dead or decaying." Quotations

Environmental art
Environmental sculpture
Land art
Rock balancing See also

Further reading

Beyst, Stefan (June 2002). Andy Goldsworthy : The Beauty of Creation. Retrieved on 2007-06-24.
Moore, Robbie. Goldsworthy in Stone. Specifier Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-06-24. Books

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