Sunday, August 19, 2007

Stonework and Earthworks

Two books to our attention recently, one new, one new to us. Suzaan Boettger visited Opus 40 recently, in the company of our old friend Tram Combs, and after a delightful afternoon, she sent us a copy of her book Earthworks, which gives a brief mention to Harvey and Opus 40 (Suzaan will be including more on Opus 40 in her next book). Earthworks is an important addition to any collection of books on the art of the late 20th Century. It told me a lot that I didn't know about the lives and backgrounds of the key figures in the Earhtworks movement, and gives a solid and thoughtful insight into the aesthetic underpinnings of the movement.

Stone Primer, by stonemason Charles McRaven, is a beautifully photographed coffee table book, and also an excellent book on building with stone. Opus 40 is one of the examples McRaven uses.

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