Published 24 October 2013
A Sydney Ideas talk on how artists first began to catalogue the natural world by painting and drawing it.
In 2000 Nobelist Paul Crützen coined the term “Anthropocene” to describe the era in which we have been living since the late 1700s, when the burning of fossil fuels laid down a global strata of carbon, defining a new geological epoch. The Art of the Anthropocene traces how artists during that time first began to catalogue the natural world by painting and drawing it, then photographing the human footprint upon it, and finally by intervening directly on the land itself in reaction to human-caused global changes.
William L.Fox is Director of the Centre for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada, has variously been called an art critic, science writer, and cultural geographer. He has published fifteen books on cognition and landscape, numerous essays in art monographs, magazines and journals, and fifteen collections of poetry. He has researched and written books set in the extreme environments of the Antarctic, the Arctic, Chile, Nepal, and other locations. He is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and Explorers Club and he is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Clark Art Institute, the Australian National University, and National Museum of Australia.
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