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The Map as Art
Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography
Katharine Harmon , Gayle Clemans

ISBN 9781568989723
Publication date 10/4/2010
10 x 9 inches (25.4 x 22.9 cm), Paperback
256 pages, 360 color illustrations
Rights: World; Carton qty: 12; ( 4,240 .0)

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As seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media outlets, The Map as Art is available now in a paperback edition. This volume by Katharine Harmon, author of our best-selling book YYou Are Here, extends that book's celebration of mapmaking to the world of artists' maps.

It is little surprise that in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology contemporary artists are drawn to maps to express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free of geographical constraints. In The Map as Art,Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists--such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz--and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. Essays by Gayle Clemans bring an in-depth look into the artists' maps of Joyce Kozloff, Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, Guillermo Kuitca, and Maya Lin. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this an essential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.


Katharine Harmon has produced more than a dozen titles such as Blackstocks Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant and is the author of several books, including You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination. She manages Tributary Books, a book development company in Seattle.

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Editorial Reviews


Art in America:
"In her striking new book, author Katharine Harmon brings together a wide selection of maps clearly meant to be more psychologically expressive than geographically correct."

New York Times Book Review:
"Many distinctive maps analyzing information of all sorts."

Art in America:
"In her striking new book The Map as Art, author Katharine Harmon brings together a wide selection of maps clearly meant to be more psychologically expressive than geographically correct."

We Make Money Not Art:
"Map As Art is a well-documented, surprising and fascinating book."

Bulletin of the Society of Cartographers:
"I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, cartographer or otherwise, who likes to be challenged in their view of reality and of what a map can be."



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