June 13, 2014

America’s Garden of Art

Joseph Antenucci Becherer, Larry Ten Harmsel, and David S. Hooker

Frederik Meijer, founder of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, wanted primarily to bring people joy and make the world better through the confluence of art and horticulture. His efforts shine in America’s Garden of Art, a lush visual narrative that tells the story of Meijer Gardens from its conception. Photographs by William J. Herbert … Read More

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June 3, 2014

The Object

Antony Hudek, ed.

Part of the Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art series, The Object is a compilation of texts that explore the nature of the object in art. Drawing distinctions between objects and “things,” the artists, theorists, and other writers in this anthology reevaluate how objects exist and relate to each other. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2014 Click … Read More

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April 13, 2014

All That We Share

Jay Walljasper

Artists became individuals when they began signing their paintings. In recent decades, a new Renaissance has dawned: a different sort of paradigm shift in which the we of eons ago joins the me of more recent centuries. Art is for the artist, sure, but (as public artists know) it’s ultimately for the public—a core of … Read More

Reviewed by Dan Wahl | Books, Public Art Review

April 10, 2014

Service Media: Is it “Public Art” or Art in Public Space?

Stuart Keeler, ed.

If social practice describes artwork (or an artistic approach) that responds to a social or political injustice and explores alternative courses of action, then service media, according to artist and editor Stuart Keeler, is focused on the action. The artwork is not a finite experience or definitive object, but an active process, evolving with the … Read More

Reviewed by Ciara McKeown | Books, Public Art Review

January 25, 2014

What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation

Tom Finkelpearl

Social cooperation, according to art historian Claire Bishop, is artwork that is participatory, relational, interactive, collaborative, or socially engaged. In the United States, it’s often referred to as social practice, and when it comes to a shared definition (to say nothing of a name) the waters around this genre of work are muddy at best. … Read More

Reviewed by Kirstin Wiegmann | Books, Public Art Review

October 14, 2013

The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi

Ian Alteveer, Navina Najat Haidar, and Sheena Wagstaff

The debut book in a series devoted to solo artist installations on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi details Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi’s project there. Qureshi, who was Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year in 2013, blends traditional aspects of Islamic art with … Read More

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August 21, 2013

Commemorating and Forgetting: Challenges for the New South Africa

Martin J. Murray

How is racial genocide and widespread injustice to be remembered through art, literature, and landscape? Martin J. Murray explores this question as it relates to the realities of post-apartheid South Africa in his new book, Commemorating and Forgetting: Challenges for the New South Africa. In these pages, you will encounter real-life examples of the monuments, … Read More

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June 1, 2013

Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the Sky

Rebecca Morse and Jeffrey Deitch, eds.

Guo-Qiang, in his fifth decade of experiential public art practice, is best known for his explosion events, but the breadth of his work often transcends fire and fuses. If you’re like me, when you hear “explosion event,” you reach for your laptop, not an artist monograph. While a YouTube search is instantly gratifying, Cai Guo-Qiang: … Read More

Reviewed by Amelia Foster | Books, Public Art Review

April 15, 2013

Central Line Series: Art on the Underground

Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Louise Coysh, Tamsin Dillon, Editors

Every year Art on the Underground commissions temporary artworks to enrich the environment, and therefore the experiences of passengers, of a specific tube line of the London Underground. This book showcases works on the themes of “communication” and “exchange,” which were presented between 2011 and 2012 along the Central Line, the longest of London’s Tube … Read More

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April 15, 2013

Collective Actions: Audience Recollections from the First Five Years, 1976-1981

Yelena Kalinsky, Translator and Editor

Collective Action was a Moscow-based group of artists that invited audiences to participate in simple actions, often outdoors. While many indexical documents of their performance art exist, this collection—which offers first-person accounts of the first five years of the group’s work—offers readers a more personal perspective. Collective Actions presents us with the opportunity to explore issues … Read More

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