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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 who mounted three bronze sculptures in the South Bronx to the bureaucrat who led the fight to have them removed; from an artist who describes his work as a "cancer" on architecture to a pair of architects who might agree with him; from an artist who formed a coalition to convert twenty-two derelict row houses into an art center/community revitalization project to a young woman who got her life back on track while living in one of the converted houses.The twenty interviews are divided into four parts: Controversies in Public Art, Experiments in Public Art as Architecture and Urban Planning, Dialogues on Dialogue-Based Public Art Projects, and Public Art for Public Health. Tom Finkelpearl's introductory essay provides a concise overview of changing attitudes toward the city as the site of public art.Interviewees : Vito Acconci,John Ahearn, David Avalos, Rufus L. Chaney, Mel Chin, Douglas Crimp, Paulo Freire,Andrew Ginzel, Linnea Glatt, Louis Hock, Ron Jensen, Kristin Jones, Maya Lin, Rick Lowe, Jackie McLean, Frank Moore, Jagoda Przybylak, Denise Scott Brown, Assata Shakur, Michael Singer, Elizabeth Sisco, Arthur Symes, Mierle Laderman Ukeles,Robert Venturi, Krzysztof Wodiczko
Posted April 2, 2006
This compelling survey of contemporary public art is both engaging and insightful. The excellent introductory essay sets the historical context for creating public art within the site of the City. Finkelpearl's interviews reveal the motivations and methods of public artists today, from Maya Lin's Vietnam Memorial to an interview with the renown educator Paulo Freire, and on to Project Row Houses--a model in community transformation. These highly readable pieces provide a roadmap to the diverse ways in which artists engage communities and urban landscapes. Recommended for artists, urban planners, community activists, students, and all those who seek creative solutions to reclaim the cities where we live.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.