Public Art Category

Performance Art

Refers to activities, events festivals, music, dance, and other work that involves a theatrical event. This could include flashmobs, fireworks, street-corner mimes, etc.

November 26, 2014

Lightborder 2014

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin, Germany – On Sunday, November 9th, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the concrete barrier divided the city in a severe attempt to keep East Germans from escaping the Communist regime. After twenty-eight years of struggle, the country was finally reunited in 1989. In commemoration … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review

October 13, 2014

Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas

By the editors of Phaidon Press (Amanda Renshaw, lead editor)

From Canada to Argentina, Art & Place: Site-specific Art of the Americas takes us on a powerful tour of some of the most significant site-specific works of art of the past 10,000 years. Arranged from north to south, works by indigenous peoples from the Haida to the Inca are intermixed with contemporary pieces by artists including Matthew … Read More

Reviewed by Karen Olson | Books, Public Art Review

September 30, 2014

Autumn Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around the world this fall and early winter. Here is a partial list to get you started on your art adventures: September – December  Washington, D.C. 5×5 – The largest, temporary public art project in the nation’s capital returns in early September, and will culminate with twenty-five unique, diverse, and … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

September 29, 2014

The 5×5 Project

On view in Washington DC until December 2014

Washington DC – September marks an exciting time for public art with the recent opening of The 5×5 Project. This public art program is organized by five established curators, each of whom selected five artists to create site-specific works that explore the culture, history and sites of Washington DC. This is the second installation of … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

August 6, 2014

“Grand Central Lights”

Artists: Improv Everywhere

Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY (February 1, 2013) – To celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s 100th birthday, 135 participants of Improv Everywhere, a New York City-based prank collective, staged a choreographed light show called Grand Central Lights. Performers lined up along three floors of windows overlooking a terminal filled with commuters and tourists. Utilizing flashlights and camera flashes, they … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

July 28, 2014

Once More to the Island + VIDEO 1

Governors Island, a former military base near Manhattan, becomes an open oasis for the arts

Riding the ferry to Governors Island on a foggy February morning, it’s easy to imagine that you’re heading to a new and foreign land. Only a half mile from the bustling southern tip of Manhattan, it seems a world apart. In many ways, it once was. A retreat for the British royal governors in the … Read More

Valerie Gladstone | On Location, Public Art Review

June 18, 2014

Highly Infectious

Cape Town’s annual public art festival trades on the city’s rich and sometimes contradictory culture

Public Art Review contributing editor Jon Spayde visited Cape Town, South Africa for the Infecting the City festival in March 2014.  Todd Melby interviewed him for the Public Art Review Podcast. Listen here to Jon talking about his experience walking the streets for 5 days, experiencing sensory explosion that was Infecting the City.   Cape … Read More

May 28, 2014

Summer Arts Festivals 2014

Check out the arts festivals happening around North America this summer and start making travel plans. Here is a list to get you started: 2014-2016 Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Biennale – Guided by the theme “Open Borders / Crossroads Vancouver,” the 3rd annual Vancouver Biennale will include a variety of artistic mediums, including music, performance, sculpture, and … Read More

Public Art Review | News, Public Art Review

April 21, 2014

“Shop Lifting”

by Mithu Sen at the 3rd Annual Art Chennai Festival

Chennai, India (February 8-16, 2014) – For Art Chennai 2014, award-winning artist Mithu Sen turned an empty space in a luxury mall into a typical street stall selling flowers for “Shop Lifting.” Over 75 artists and 35 events appeared in the 3rd annual Art Chennai, the largest festival of modern and contemporary art in India. Attractions included exhibitions, conferences, … Read More

Public Art Review | Public Art Review, Recent Projects

April 19, 2014

The Art of Ritual: Burning Man

Religion, spirituality, and public art at Burning Man

Burning Man is grand-scale theater for eclectic spirituality, self-expression, personal transformation, communal bonding, and cultural renewal. For one week every year, around 50,000 participants transform a harsh and utterly empty expanse of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert into a pulsating cultural laboratory populated with hundreds of art installations. Culminating in the spectacular incineration of the eponymous … Read More