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Art Travel Guide - Review

Must-see Contemporary Art Sites Across the USA

by Connie Terwilliger
(Perseus/Consortium, 2012)

 

Art Travel Guide: Must-see Contemporary Art Sites Across the USA by Connie Terwilliger

 

Take an art-themed tour of the United States with Art Travel Guide as your ink-and-paper tour guide — if you dare to walk the road less traveled. On this unusual trip, you will ignore famous museums like MoMA and the Guggenheim in N.Y.C. You will instead gape at a Stone River made of 6,500 stones in Stanford, California, meander through Samuel Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden (featuring limestone biblical scenes) in Lucas, Kansas, or check out Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, a mosaic labyrinth.

The Art Travel Guide: Must-See Contemporary Art Sites Across the USA is divided by attraction, with sections ranging from lesser-known "sculpture parks" to "visionary sites" produced by inspired, imaginative laypeople. It also contains sections on events, museums, art sites on college campuses, art centers, great architects, earth works, art media, sculpture events and a couple hotels.

You can use this book to plan your next cross-country trip, or you can enjoy a photographic journey from your living room. While Terwilliger includes some better-known attractions like Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, about 45 minutes from Pirrsburgh, she introduces readers to lesser-known gems such as Storm King Art Center in New York, featuring 500 acres of fields and woods dotted with 120 sculptures (e.g. by Moore and Serra); Double Negative, an "earthwork" art site in Nevada, and Carhenge — yes, "Carhenge" — in Nebraska, not Wiltshire, England.

Whether you are a jaded art lover searching for something new, or an adventurer with an appreciation for creativity (and sometimes just plain zaniness), you will be amazed and delighted at the hidden treasures America contains.

Reviewed by Aliza Ganchrow

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