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March 23, 2015

Scottsdale’s Annual Canal Convergence Art Event

Interactive art came to the Arizona Canal for third year

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The third annual Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light event, including interactive art, hands-on activities, and live music, took place February 26 – March 1 this year. Located on the Scottsdale Waterfront, the event staged five large-scale art installments, two dance performances and an educational water conservation display. Artworks and installations on … Read More

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March 16, 2015

Art That Moves

Highlights from the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium

Boynton Beach, Fla. – The second biennial International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium took place February 6-8 this year. In addition to experiencing more than 60 indoor and 16 outdoor kinetic artworks, visitors could attend workshops and presentations, participate in a community project called Kinetic Connection, and meet international kinetic artists. Some of the symposium … 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

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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

FROM THE ARCHIVES (2011) – 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 … 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

January 8, 2015

Experiments: Roman Signer

The figurative, temporal, and sometimes explosive works of Roman Signer

The video shows a man—the Swiss artist Roman Signer—seated on a wooden stool in a green field in front of an easel (Punkt [Dot], 2006). With a paintbrush in hand, he is poised to make the first mark on a blank canvas. He could be a plein air painter, taking up a painterly tradition that … Read More

January 5, 2015

Park-Time Work

Three artists talk about their park residencies

FROM THE ARCHIVES 2011 – For public artists, the fact that parks are public spaces may give park residencies a special magnetism. The chance to work in the open, the immediate presence of an audience, the sense of contributing to an important public amenity, all may be elements of the attraction. Still, the effect of … Read More

November 11, 2014

Honoring Veterans

How public artists memorialize our nation's heroes

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell Every year on November 11th, our nation—along with nations around the world—gathers together to honor those who have bravely served our country. We not only honor the fallen, but the 22 million veterans living in the … Read More

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