Forecast Blog

December 9, 2016

A Concrete Rebirth

Alberto Burri’s monumental land art project in Sicily finally came to completion—in the artist’s centennial year

SICILY – In October 2015, the art world celebrated the centenary of influential Italian painter Alberto Burri with a major exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In the same month Il Grande Cretto, Burri’s land art project in Sicily, was finally completed after 30 years—and the monumental work is now inspiring artists worldwide. … Read More

Melissa Chemam | Featured, Public Art Review

December 8, 2016

Mujeres Grabando Resistencia

Artist Talk at Forecast Public Art, November 18, 2016

Braving a surprise Minnesota downpour, it was a packed house for Forecast Public Art and Electric Machete Studios’ hosted talk by Mujeres Grabando Resistencias (Women Engraving Resistance) on November 18, 2016 at Forecast Public Art’s Saint Paul headquarters. Mujeres Grabando Resistencias is a group of 10-21 women from various backgrounds and creative practices who come … Read More

Beth Loraine Bowman | Community, Events

December 7, 2016

Q&A: Theresa Sweetland

Meet the new executive director of Forecast Public Art and publisher of Public Art Review

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Theresa Sweetland brings a lifetime commitment to the arts and social justice to her new role as executive director of Forecast Public Art and publisher of Public Art Review. Previously, Sweetland served as the executive/artistic director of Minneapolis’s Intermedia Arts and as director of development and external relations for the Minnesota … Read More

Karen Olson | Featured, Public Art Review

December 5, 2016

Temporary Inspires Permanent

Activists’ sculptures evoke the fate of conscientious objectors—and the public now wants a permanent memorial

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – In the early morning of April 25, 2016, two life-size and lifelike sculptures of soldiers appeared in public plazas in the center of New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. The figures, wearing World War I uniforms, were bound hand and foot and tied to posts. Their contorted poses reproduced the military’s “field … Read More

Rob Garrett | Featured, Public Art Review

December 2, 2016

Walk Through Walls: A Memoir

by Marina Abramovic

Performance-art icon Marina Abramovic tells a tale of family oppression, personal passion, and artistic liberation. Danica Abramovic was a Yugoslav communist hero who fought Hitler, then ran her household more or less like a concentration camp. She would awaken her daughter, Marina, if the child was sleeping in an undisciplined manner—limbs lying any which way—and … Read More

Jon Spayde | Books, Public Art Review

November 30, 2016

Artists Support the Standing Rock Water Protectors

Mirror Shields, Posters, a Pilgrimage

STANDING ROCK – Artist-led projects backing the pipeline protest include Masonite-and-mirror shields and a “migration.” The nearly eight-month-long gathering of Native people and non-Native supporters against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which crosses the Missouri River and traditionally-tribal lands in North Dakota, has drawn support from the artist community, in forms both familiar (posters, banners) … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review