Fall is both a great time for getting outside and enjoying the season's change and for getting some solid reading done. This post we've pulled a selection of books from our theory section that do a wonderful job of tying together the many themes touched on when considering the far reaching history of the landscape in art and the human experience.
Topping our stack we have Vittoria Di Palma's Wasteland: A History. In this, Di Palma takes a critical look into how cultural influences 18th-century England have framed the way we perceive the landscape. Referencing manuals, maps, treatises and paintings that span back to the 1600's, Wasteland touches on the qualities of beauty, nature and the sublime throughout the history of art, architecture, technology and geography.
Complementing the discussion on the landscape, Whitechapel Gallery has put out a series of texts specifically examining issues of nature, beauty, the sublime and utopias in contemporary art.