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ViVA Artist News: Alex Nathanson’s New Book Now Available

In a week that opened with President Biden’s announcement of a federal blueprint to increase solar power-generated electricity from our current 4% to 45% of total production by 2050, we’re thrilled to share the news that Alex Nathanson’s new book – A History of Solar Power Art and Design – has been published and is now available for purchase.

Alex’s book is part of Routledge’s Advances in Art and Visual Studies series. It examines the history of the use of photovoltaic (PV) solar power in the conceptualization and creation of sound art, wearable technology, public art, industrial design, digital media, integrated design for buildings, and other applications. The number of artists who incorporate solar power in their practice has increased in relationship to both the reduced cost of PV cells and the emergence of significant social, economic and political issues and events around the globe.


On September 4th, Alex and solar artists Ted Victoria and Benedetta Piantella participated in a book launch event at Flux Factory on Governors Island, NYC. Victoria and Pientella are two of the many artists featured in the book, which will be of interest to scholars working in art history, design history, design studies, environmental studies, environmental humanities, and sustainable energy design. Future book launch events will be announced on Alex’s websites: alexnathanson.com and solarpowerforartists.com.


As climate change continues to rapidly and dramatically alter our environment, and as it centers itself more firmly within the general public’s awareness, the importance of integrating sustainable energy technologies into all of the arts and humanities grows.

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