What Gardens Mean

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University of Chicago Press, 13.05.1998 - 271 Seiten
Are gardens works of art? What is involved in creating a garden? How are gardens experienced by those who stroll through them?

In What Gardens Mean, Stephanie Ross draws on philosophy as well as the histories of art, gardens, culture, and ideas to explore the magical lure of gardens. Paying special attention to the amazing landscape gardens of eighteenth-century England, she situates gardening among the other fine arts, documenting the complex messages gardens can convey and tracing various connections between gardens and the art of painting.

What Gardens Mean offers a distinctive blend of historical and contemporary material, ranging from extensive accounts of famous eighteenth-century gardens to incisive connections with present-day philosophical debates. And while Ross examines aesthetic writings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including Joseph Addison's Spectator essays on the pleasures of imagination, the book's opening chapter surveys more recent theories about the nature and boundaries of art. She also considers gardens on their own terms, following changes in garden style, analyzing the phenomenal experience of viewing or strolling through a garden, and challenging the claim that the art of gardening is now a dead one.

Showing that an artistic lineage can be traced from gardens in the Age of Satire to current environmental installations, this book is a sophisticated account of the myriad pleasures that gardens offer and a testimony to their enduring sensory and cognitive appeal. Beautifully illustrated and elegantly written, What Gardens Mean will delight all those interested in the history of gardens and the aesthetic and philosophical issues that they invite.

"Replete with provocative musings, Ross delineates links that should prove interesting to readers engaged in pondering our capacity to relate to the natural world through the gardens we create."—Booklist

"[A]n innovative and absorbing study of the garden as an object of aesthetic interest."—Allen Carlson, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

"[P]leasantly readable. . . . A thought-provoking book for all who reflect as they dig."—Noel Kingsbury, Country Life

"[A] refreshing view of the subject. . . . Ross's book is continually illuminating in unexpected ways."—Gillian Darley, Architects' Journal

"What Gardens Mean is a wonderful intellectual combination of discussions on the interdisciplinary histories of art, gardening, and philosophy."—Choice
 

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GARD ENS AND ART GARDENS AS
1
Isamu Noguchis marble courtyard at Yale
7
Art
10
Garden Riddles
18
Christo and JeanneClaude Surrounded Islands
20
TWO SoME EIGHTEENTHCENTURY BACKGROUND
25
A plan of Versailles in 1689
30
The emblem for art from Cesare Ripas Iconologia
53
Transfer of Technique
141
A pair of illustrations by Thomas Hearne 142
142
Conclusion
152
SIX THE BE Ho LD ERs SHARE
155
Sense
156
Cactus garden at the Huntington Library California
158
Imagination
164
Sissinghurst an avenue of pleached limes
171

Stowe the Grecian Valley
61
West Wycombe
66
West Wycombe the Venus Temple
67
Intention
70
Style
81
FOUR THE SISTER ARTS II
85
Painshill the Gothic Temple
86
Imitation and Allusion
91
Knot garden at New College Oxford
102
Representation
107
Gardens Again
118
Five THE PICTUREsque
121
The Picturesque
123
Price and Knight
127
Richard Payne Knight
136
Understanding
175
SEVEN GARDENs AND THE DEATH OF ART
189
The Death of Art
190
The Mimetic Model
193
Difficulties with the Hegelian Model
200
Gardens Fate
201
Plan of the Odette Monteiro Estate
203
Earthworks and Environmental Art
208
Time Landscape by Alan Sonfist
217
Tracing a Lineage
219
Notes
225
Bibliography
261
Index
267
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Stephanie Ross is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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