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Dialogues in Public Art

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By the 1990s, public art had evolved far beyond the lonely monument on an open plaza. Now public artists might design the entire plaza, create an event to alter the social dynamics of an urban environment, or help to reconstruct a neighborhood. Dialogues in Public Art presents a rich blend of interviews with the people who create and experience public art -- from an artist ...more
Paperback, 467 pages
Published November 21st 2001 by Mit Press (first published 2000)
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This was fascinating and introduced me to much more I want to read, particularly about Paulo Freire, Mierle Laderman Ukeles and Rick Lowe's Project Row Houses. The interview format worked well and the introductory text gives a succinct overview of the history and possibilities of public art in the US. There is no connection to public art elsewhere (and the work is mostly focussed on projects in the NYC area). Worth reading and probably re-reading.
Another great compilation from MIT press. If you are curious about the myriad challenges faced by both the artist and the public and how some of these problems have been "solved"...
Rachel Whiteread, Richard Serra, John Ahearn, Maya Lin, and many others are here. All important.
I picked up this book for research. Although I didn't read every section, the ones I read were very enjoyable and interesting.
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