Some of the world’s greatest works of art exist outside of museums and galleries. They can be found in the open fields of Marfa, Texas, and on tiny, lush islands in Japan. This broad category of “destination art” includes massive land and environmental works and extensive sculpture parks, as well as giant public murals, but what unites them in every instance is their artistic symbiosis between place and vision.
Through the eyes of renowned art historian Amy Dempsey, the magic of public art comes alive—and while the art is undoubtedly important, in this volume, the journey to seek out and experience these works is given equal weight. Perfect for armchair adventurers and globetrotters, Destination Art offers a clear path into a vast subject. From the vibrant Park Guell in Spain and the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, India, to Walter De Maria’s Lightning Field in New Mexico, Dempsey expertly guides readers through the most exciting and significant destination artworks in the world. Each featured installation is accompanied by a short essay, stunning photographs, and useful information on key works and where to find them.
"This engaging volume is a welcome addition to any armchair explorer's bookshelf… Each of the chronologically arranged entries is accompanied by superb color photography and an informative text that includes access information and directions— perfect for planning your next visit to one or more of these remarkable land and environment works, expansive sculpture parks or remote site-specific installations."
— David Trigg Studio International
Amy Dempsey is an art historian who studied under Rosalind Krauss at Hunter College in New York and received her doctorate from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Dempsey has contributed to a number of museum catalogs and is the author of Styles, Schools and Movements and two other titles in the Art Essentials series, Modern Art and Surrealism.