Art Term

Environmental art

Environmental art is art that addresses social and political issues relating to the natural and urban environment

Joseph Beuys, ‘The End of the Twentieth Century’ 1983–5
Joseph Beuys
The End of the Twentieth Century 1983–5
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Anselm Kiefer, ‘Lilith’ 1987–9
Anselm Kiefer
Lilith 1987–9
© Anselm Kiefer

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Lothar Baumgarten
Terra Incognita 1969–84

Environmental art often takes the form of installation. The term came into use in the late 1960s and is often closely related to land art.

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Tate Papers

To the Ends of the Earth: Art and Environment: Art & Environment

Nicholas Alfrey , Stephen Daniels and Joy Sleeman

Introducing the group of articles devoted to the theme of ‘Art & Environment’ in Tate Papers no.17, this essay ...

Tate Etc

MicroTate 9: Environment special

Richard Shelton , Dai Qing , Mike Hulme and Paulo Barreto

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the world. Rising ocean temperatures and increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere ...

Selected artists in the collection

Selected artworks in the collection

Bruce McLean Six Sculptures


Lothar Baumgarten El Dorado - Gran Sabana


Dennis Oppenheim Salt Flat