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Gardening Art Grows into Activism in the Age of Occupy

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Against the urban grain: Agnes Denes’s Wheatfield—A Confrontation (1982).

How green was my alley

By Martha Schwendener
The Village Voice
Jun 13 2012

Excerpt:

Radical gardening might sound like an odd topic to discuss in the context of art. Are we talking about artists who garden, or gardening as art? Either way, landscape and gardening are ancient aesthetic pursuits but also central to American art, dating back to the Hudson River School and Frederick Law Olmsted, or more recent projects like Robert Smithson’s Floating Island, a kind of garden on a barge that was sketched on paper in 1970 and finally realized in floating form in 2005.

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July 21, 2012   Comments Off on Gardening Art Grows into Activism in the Age of Occupy

Agence France-Presse: Venezuela turns to urban farms to meet food needs

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Unable to grow enough food to feed its population and facing soaring prices for imported goods, the Venezuelan government has opted for an ingenious solution – turning any disused space in cities into allotments where the urban poor can grow their own food

See more at FAO here.

July 21, 2012   Comments Off on Agence France-Presse: Venezuela turns to urban farms to meet food needs