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Oliver Ranch

Introduction by Nel Benezra

Texts by Joan Simon

Commentaries by Steve Oliver

Interviews with the artists

The ongoing project that Steve and Nancy Oliver have developed over the last 30 years has no obvious parallel in the history of art collecting. Beginning in 1985 their ranch in Northern California has been the site for dozens of commissions, site-specific and mostly permanent outdoor works, by some of the most significant artists of the 20th Century. The likes of Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Ann Hamilton, Fred Sandback, Martin Puryear, Andy Goldsworthy, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, and many others have constructed works, sometimes enormous in scale and scope, with the close help and support of the Olivers. Many of the artists have come to consider their works at the Oliver Ranch as central to their practice, and as some of the most significant works they have made.

Oliver Ranch is the first published look inside the ranch, at one of the greatest collections of outdoor sculpture in the world (open to the public only during the fall and spring months for organized groups of visitors). Filled with interviews, artist statements, planning diagrams, archival photographs, and new photography of each of the works throughout the seasons, this book charts the history of the project through each commission, through the eyes of the artists and the Olivers as they work together to create new works specific to the site. Major texts on each work by Joan Simon incorporate new interviews with the artists about their experiences at the ranch and working with the Olivers to realize their vision.

Beautifully designed by the Los Angeles-based Green Dragon Office, and developed over many years by the acclaimed art writer Joan Simon, Oliver Ranch is an exciting and authoritative look at some of the most incredible unexplored projects in the history of contemporary art.

Featuring work by:

Judith Shea

Jim Melchert

Roger Berry

Robert Stackhouse

Ellen Driscoll

Kristin Jones & Andrew Ginzel

Ursula von Rydingsvard

Andy Goldsworthy

Terry Allen

Bill Fontana

Dennis Leon

Richard Serra

Martin Puryear

Miroslaw Balka

Fred Sandback

Bruce Nauman

David Rabinowitch & Jim Jennings

Ann Hamilton

Hardcover, 11 x 11 inches, 280 pages, 140+ color images

ISBN: 9780982681398
Published Fall 2015

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