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Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape

Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art University of Richmond Museums, VA
January 15 to March 6, 2015

Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape features 24 contemporary, international artists, artists’ collectives and game developers who examine, challenge, and re-define the concept of landscape while simultaneously drawing attention to humanity’s hubristic attempts to relate to, preserve, and manage the natural environment. Anti-Grand includes 33 works of art, with video, installation, video games, and traditional two- and three-dimensional work.

All of the works in the exhibition were created since 2000 to focus on art made well after the initial developments of the modern and popular discourse on environmentalism and sustainability. The exhibition’s title Anti-Grand suggests an approach to the topic that is opposite one of awe and reverie of the past, approaches that are now difficult to consider without an implicit sense of irony. Contemporary Perspectives of Landscape emphasizes the role of the artist’s and/or viewer’s choice of framing device as applied to both the represented scenery and the genre at large. Engaging humor, tenderness, ambivalence, and respect, the artists look at many facets of this subject. Unifying the exhibition are issues of representation that are inherent to the genre and the various ways in which artists have self-reflexively considered their relationship to the artistic subject.

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Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museums


Richmond, Virginia


Art Exhibition, University of Richmond, Anti-Grand, landscape


Contemporary Art


Podcasts@Boatwright: Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape

Listen to N. Elizabeth Schlatter and Kenta Murakami (Curators) discuss the exhibition.

Anti-Grand: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape