May 17, 2017

An Engaged Gathering in Chicago

Open Engagement 2017 was a forum for socially-focused arts

Under the resonant rubric “Justice,” the 2017 Open Engagement (OE) conference was held April 21-23 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and other sites across the city.   The gathering of artists and others involved in socially engaged art offered more than 100 workshops, presentations, panels, conversations, tours, parties and projects, all focused on … Read More

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April 14, 2017

Winner! 3rd International Award for Public Art

Caring for the collectors

WINNER: Pimp My Carroça, Thiago Mundano, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007 In São Paulo, 17,000 tons of waste are generated each day, and only 1 percent of it is recycled; but of this recycled material, 90 percent is collected by the 20,000 or so people who man the carroças, the city’s garbage collection carts, picking up … Read More

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March 8, 2017

Honoring Heroes, Milestones of a Long Struggle

Miami’s first permanent monument to the fight for LGBTQ rights is unveiled

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Miami’s record in the battle for the recognition of LGBTQ people as full citizens is a notable one, from the work of Ruth Shack, the Dade County commissioner who, in 1977, added sexual orientation to a bill forbidding discrimination (and fought her ex-friend Anita Bryant on the issue) to the Miami-born … Read More

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February 22, 2017

“Black Artstory Month” in Fort Greene

A celebration of African-American artists in a Brooklyn neighborhood features a treasury of store-window murals and exhibitions.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In a pointed parallel with the commemoration of black history during February, the community-development organization Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership has been highlighting the rich African-American art scene in Fort Greene, in the borough, and in the rest of America, with the fifth annual Black Artstory Month festival. Entitled The Altar: Rituals of … Read More

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February 13, 2017


Films documenting, and celebrating, public art honored at the Louvre

Film can be a powerful medium for documenting public artworks—and sometimes films devoted to public art rise to the level of art themselves. NowYouSeeMe!, in its second year, is an international contest to find and honor the best short films about public art. On January 21, the six 2017 winners—and a seventh film—were screened at … Read More

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February 1, 2017

Christo Shelves Over the River in Response to Trump’s Election

Artist to shift his focus from 20-Year Colorado work to Abu Dhabi Project

FREMONT, Colo. – In a statement posted on the website of his Over the River project on January 25, Christo announced that he will shift his attention from that 20-year effort and concentrate exclusively on a project in the United Arab Emirates. “After pursuing Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, … Read More

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January 19, 2017

Sarah Sze Withdraws SF Proposal Over “Significant Changes” to Siting Terms

“Comfort women” memorial also claims a place on St. Mary’s Square site

SAN FRANCISCO – Sculptor Sarah Sze has withdrawn her proposal for a work commissioned by San Francisco’s Chinese Culture Center. The internationally known Chinese-American artist (profiled in our recent cover story on MacArthur “genius” award winners) acted in response to a dispute over the site. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the kerfuffle centers on … Read More

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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

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November 7, 2016

North Carolina Public Art on Hold Until Planning Process Becomes More Inclusive

Asheville/Buncombe County commissioners vote to suspend project that had no African-American input

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – When the public art planning committee for Buncombe County, N.C. , whose seat is Asheville, requested proposals for a history wall and a kinetic sculpture for their new courthouse, they didn’t consult the African-American community. Now the county commissioners have voted to suspend the project until they gather input from those citizens, … Read More

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October 5, 2016

Yoko Ono Reaches Out to Women in Reykjavík Project

In "Arising", the artist asks women to submit statements of harm done, as well as photographs of their eyes

REYKJAVIK — Women anywhere in the world to whom harm has been done – simply because they are women – have been invited by conceptual art pioneer Yoko Ono to write the stories of their abuse and send them to Iceland’s main art museum. Her project, Arising, also asks the women to submit photographs of … Read More

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July 26, 2016

A Natural High

Unused elevated train tracks in Queens could turn into the Wild Line

NEW YORK – If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) spur in Long Island City, Queens, will become the Wild Line—a nature sanctuary that’s a shorter, greener, wilder version of Manhattan’s popular High Line. According to a proposal put forward earlier this … Read More

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July 11, 2016

Smithsonian American Art Museum Acquires Works by Three Major Public Artists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – From November 2015 to July 10, the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrated the post-renovation reopening of its Renwick Gallery with WONDER, an exhibition that invited artists to create a single immersive installation piece for each of the Renwick’s rooms. The result was a highly successful show that drew some 700,000 visitors. Now … Read More

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