Through walking, riding, scraping the surface of the earth, marking spaces with string and tape and creating observable conditions of change, Bill Vazan has created situations for heightening our awareness of sites of terrestrial passage and occupation. While geography is the disciplinary study of the planet, geosophy (a concept introduced only in 1947) is vernacular geographical knowledge, or how the planet is commonly known, sensed. conceived or imagined, rather than how it is known and understood by academic geographers.
In this book, Guilbaut spatializes art history and develops a geo-aesthetics which gave to location an importance not only as the background source of art but also representing a strategic position in art. The ways in which art and artists are placed and circulated matter.
As has been said of the pyramids, that their construction is as much a monument to Egyptian administration as a triumph of ancient engineering, so does this show present both visual delight and a model of organizational innovation.
The exhibition of collections differs from other exhibitions in that rather than being organized by unities of origin — individuals, schools, periods, nations, etc. — a collection forms a group of works defined by their destination : the location of their arrival and reception. Collections of contemporary art differ, again, from those of past art by reason of the coextensivity of creation and receipt.