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Art, Space and the City

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Overview

Public art - the making, management and mediation of art outside its conventional location in museums and galleries, and the livable city - a concept involving user-centred strategies for urban planning and design, are both socially produced but have emerged from different fields and tend to be discussed in isolation.
This book applies a range of critical perspectives which have emerged from different disciplines - art criticism, urban design, urban sociology, geography and critical theory - to examine the practice of art for urban public spaces, seeing public art from positions outside those of the art world to ask how it might contribute to possible urban futures. Exploring the diversity of urban politics, the functions of public space and its relation to the structures of power, the roles of professionals and users in the construction of the city, the gendering of space and the ways in which space and citizen are represented, the book explains how these issues are as relevant to architecture, urban design and urban planning as they are to public art. Drawing on a wealth of images from across the UK and Europe and the USA, in particular, the author questions the effectiveness of public art in achieving more convivial urban environments, whilst retaining the idea that imagining possible futures is as much part of a democratic society as using public space.

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Booknews
Explores creative tensions in the public realm, focusing on two roles for art: as decoration within revisioned urban design, and as a social process of criticism and engagement. The author situates the practice of art for the public realm in terms of social needs and structures of value, suggesting ways in which the perspective of art, as work of the imagination, might also contribute to a critique of the city and to a sustainable and convivial urban future. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Anthony King
This book provides a valuable critique of public art from a position outside it -- a superb combination of theory, speculation, and a critique of public art policy. -- Anthony King
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415139427
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/2/1997
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The City 19
2 Space, Representation and Gender 39
3 The Monument 58
4 The Contradictions of Public Art 84
5 Art in Urban Development 104
6 Art and Metropolitan Public Transport 132
7 Art in Health Services 150
8 Art as a Social Process 164
9 Convivial Cities 188
Notes 209
Further reading 239
Bibliography 245
Index 259
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