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Andy Goldsworthy

British, born 1956

Documentation of a test for Path. Image courtesy the artist. © 2010 Andy Goldsworthy. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

Path, 2012–13

4584 x 96 x 12 inches (11643.4 x 243.8 x 30.5 cm)
Pending Acquisition Funds, 2012

On View on the Gallery's Grounds

In postmodern object-making, the rejection of the traditional pedestal and the expansion of art into the world around us has been referred to as “sculpture in the expanded field,” a phrase coined in 1979 by Rosalind Krauss in her eponymous essay. At the Albright-Knox, the notion “Sculpture in the Expanded Field” can also refer to the Gallery’s recent initiative to extend its Collection to its outdoor campus by commissioning site-specific works by living artists.

Andy Goldsworthy’s Path, 2012–13, is a gravel path set in a shaded glade on the east side of the museum. Beneath the gravel lies a snaking form carved by the artist in granite. It will be invisible during dry periods but will appear and disappear with fluctuations in precipitation and temperature, evoking a ghostly river through the woods.

Related Features

Participate in the Making of Andy Goldsworthy’s Path (AK Tumblr)

Andy Goldsworthy, a Mini-series: Rain Shadows (AK Tumblr)

Andy Goldsworthy, a Mini-series: Ephemeral Work (AK Tumblr)


  • Andy Goldsworthy discusses Path at the Albright-Knox, May 15, 2013