It. Arte ambientale; Fr. Art environnemental; Germ. Umweltkunst; Span. Arte ambiental. Since the 1970s, the term “Environmental Art” has increasingly been used to denote the practice of those artists who have chosen to place their works in nature or to realise them using natural elements. Gradually, it became clear that this was an extensible and usable label for a wide range of artworks and installations, to the point that artistic practices that are antithetical in scope (from minimal sculptural objects to grand gestures in the land) and essence (from impermanent ephemeral works to permanent ones) can be categorised under it. However, what paradoxically seems to distinguish the macro-category of Environmental Art is the choice to privilege natural spaces or natural elements, without however an adequate ecological awareness and often with a high degree of anthropocentrism.
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