Art, Events January 17, 2011 By Jordan Sayle

(Click to enlarge) Burnt wood and lead on wood panels. 243.8 x 313.7 cm. (96 x 123 1/2 in.) Museum purchase, Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art, and Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund. Photo: Bruce M. White.

(Click to enlarge) Burnt wood and lead on wood panels. 96 x 123 1/2 in. Photo: Bruce M. White.

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With the recent rise in tensions along the disputed border between North and South Korea, as well as the ongoing debate over Israeli settlement building in the West Bank, the complexities of geopolitics have been front and center. So it’s as fitting a time as any to examine the work of artists concentrating on land and space, and the intersection of these elements with human lives. There is in fact an exhibition currently showing at the Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton, NJ that brings conflicts from across the globe off the front page and into the gallery, showcasing some of the most notable land art from the past decade in the process.
      Each of the nine projects assembled for “Nobody’s Property” (open through February 20, 2011) highlights land issues in specific sites. Nature and natural resources are key to the exhibit, but the show isn’t precisely about art and ecology. Whereas past movements in art have treated nature as an entity of its own, curator Kelly Baum explains that “when the artists in this exhibition see land and space, they don’t see dirt and rocks as much as they see human beings and human relationships manifested in the way we use and abuse land.”

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