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2009 - The Map as Art

2009 - The Map as Art

This book is part art history, part coffee-table book, and entirely engrossing. The author served as a curator, collecting wonderful examples of ways maps and cartography have been incorporated into various artistic expressions. There are also several essays throughout the book written by artists and art critics on the phenomenon of mapping, place, history, and more.

Since this is mostly an art book, it is easiest to share a few of my favorite pieces. 

 

  Moon  by Matthew Gerring. 2005. Machine embroidery on technical nylon; diameter 75 inches. "It took nine months for Gerring to create his tactile lunar landscape." P 81-82. 

Moon by Matthew Gerring. 2005. Machine embroidery on technical nylon; diameter 75 inches. "It took nine months for Gerring to create his tactile lunar landscape." P 81-82. 

  Wetlands Dream  by Linda Gass. 2006. Art quilt; 29 x 29.25 inches. "Gass's quilted artworks draw attention to the challenges of water resource management in the American West." P 82-83. 

Wetlands Dream by Linda Gass. 2006. Art quilt; 29 x 29.25 inches. "Gass's quilted artworks draw attention to the challenges of water resource management in the American West." P 82-83. 

  #238 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ)  by Ingrid Calame. 2006. Colored pencil on trace Mylar; 50 x 34 inches. P 110.

#238 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ) by Ingrid Calame. 2006. Colored pencil on trace Mylar; 50 x 34 inches. P 110.

  Home of Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)  by Mark Bennett. 1999. India ink and graphite on vellum; 24 x 30 inches. "Bennett creates blueprint architectural renderings of the homes of classic sitcom and film characters. Occasionally, he widens his scope to produce maps of entire television towns (such as Mayberry) and, in the case of  The Fugitive,  the entire country, so as to track the nail-biting peregrinations of Dr. Richard Kimble, endlessly searching for the one-armed man." P 182-183. 

Home of Richard Kimble (The Fugitive) by Mark Bennett. 1999. India ink and graphite on vellum; 24 x 30 inches. "Bennett creates blueprint architectural renderings of the homes of classic sitcom and film characters. Occasionally, he widens his scope to produce maps of entire television towns (such as Mayberry) and, in the case of The Fugitive, the entire country, so as to track the nail-biting peregrinations of Dr. Richard Kimble, endlessly searching for the one-armed man." P 182-183. 

 Three pieces by Chris Kenny from 2007 made from mixed media map pieces. He combines the pieces from maps of different scales and places to create new cartographic entities. P 194. 

Three pieces by Chris Kenny from 2007 made from mixed media map pieces. He combines the pieces from maps of different scales and places to create new cartographic entities. P 194. 

If you're interested in some other fascinating books about maps, you might consider: 

  1. On the Map by Simon Garfield  
  2. A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton  
  3. Map of a Nation by Rachel Hewitt

Keep turning the page and spinning the globe, 

Annie

2010 - A Visit from the Goon Squad

2010 - A Visit from the Goon Squad

2008 - People of the Book

2008 - People of the Book