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May 29, 2015

Artists and Fabricators: So Happy Together

Most public art projects are the result of collaboration between artist and fabricator. What makes this relationship tick?

Artists curious about working in the public realm are sometimes told that public artists work in teams, but if one hasn’t been exposed to this way of working, it’s hard to understand what that really means. How do artists and fabricators decide to work together? What makes for a fruitful partnership? What are some of … Read More

Elizabeth Keithline | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

April 27, 2015

Desire Lines

Tatiana Trouvé's Central Park installation

New York, N.Y. – Desire Lines, the first public commission in the United States by Paris-based artist Tatiana Trouvé , translates 212 of Central Park’s winding pathways into lengths of colored rope. The same number of wooden spools wound with the ropes fill three industrial shelving units positioned in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, where some of the paths originate and where Scholar’s Gate acts … Read More

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April 22, 2015

Artefact: A Documentary

Short film considers public art in Bristol

Bristol, U.K. –  Artefact, a short documentary directed and produced by Adam Jouahri, considers the place of public art in Bristol from a number of perspectives, including conversations with artists and curators. Works by Tomás Saraceno, Herman Kolgen, and others offer examples of public art projects in Bristol that have engaged the community in new … Read More

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April 11, 2015

Lexington, Ink

A collective tattoo connects people who love where they live

How much do you love your hometown? Enough to tattoo a few words of adulation on your body? For more than 200 residents of Lexington, Kentucky, the answer is yes. Arts administrators, city officials, and even a family of five—two parents, three children—braved the tattoo artists’ needles for the Lexington Tattoo Project, a community-wide artwork … Read More

April 6, 2015

Inside Out Project Comes to Lawrence, Kansas

This time, it's focused on people involved in the arts

Lawrence, Kan. – This month, black-and-white photo portraits of local artists and art supporters will appear around the city of Lawrence for Lawrence Inside Out. Coordinated by local community-based artist and photographer Rachael Perry, this participatory project will involve at least 500 diverse locals and a variety of venues from galleries to public spaces. An opening exhibition is scheduled for April 24. The … Read More

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March 4, 2015

Interview: JR

French artist JR talks about boundaries, questions, finding out what’s possible, and his latest work on Ellis Island

Born in 1983 in France, JR began his career surreptitiously tagging around Paris. In the last decade he has reached audiences all around the globe, carrying out public projects focusing on the human face and its symbolic power. After he won significant financial support in the form of the 2011 TED Prize, JR created the … Read More

February 27, 2015

Homestead Act

Artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrights his land

Alberta, Canada – To understand why Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen copyrighted the land that he and his wife own, it helps to look with his eyes out the window of the studio he built himself on their remote 800 acres northwest of Grande Prairie. The copyright was a novel legal maneuver to prevent the … Read More

February 11, 2015

Reenactment: Public Artists as Public Intellectuals

Speaking of Public Art: Mark Tribe discusses his Port Huron Project with Patricia C. Phillips

In the context of New Left radical politics of the 1960s and 1970s, Coretta Scott King, Howard Zinn, Paul Potter, César Chávez, Angela Davis, and Stokely Carmichael delivered powerful protest speeches that challenged the Vietnam War, racism, and conditions of social and economic injustice. From 2006 to 2008, those speeches were reenacted—and reanimated—as public art … Read More

Patricia C. Phillips | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

January 26, 2015

Innovations in Art Parks 1

Sculpture parks and gardens are brimming with creative ideas for drawing new visitors and introducing them to art

It’s Saturday morning and 20 enthusiastic yogis clad in various layers of Lululemon athletic gear roll out a rainbow assortment of mats to begin their sun salutations. A typical West Coast scene, but this one has a twist: The location for this workout is the Olympic Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle. As part of the … Read More

January 23, 2015

Putting Him, and Her, on a Pedestal

Artists: Antony Gormley & Kate Gilmore

New York, New York (2010) – Performance, video, the expanded field, the urban context, the revision of both the object’s and the spectator’s status: All these seem fairly new in contemporary art, having gone mainstream in only the past 40 or so years. But just as cubism depended on the genre of the still life, … Read More