Invisible Terrain: John Ashbery and the Aesthetics of Nature

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In his debut collection, Some Trees (1956), the American poet John Ashbery poses a question that resonates across his oeuvre and much of modern art: 'How could he explain to them his prayer / that nature, not art, might usurp the canvas?' When Ashbery asks this strange question, he joins a host of transatlantic avant-gardists--from the Dadaists to the 1960s neo-avant-gardists and beyond--who have dreamed of turning art into nature, of creating art that would be 'valid solely on its own terms, in the way nature itself is ...

Invisible Terrain: John Ashbery and the Aesthetics of Nature 2017, Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN-13: 9780198798385

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