1st Edition

The Practice of Public Art

Edited By Cameron Cartiere, Shelly Willis Copyright 2008
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    286 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Wide-ranging and timely, The Practice of Public Art brings together practicing artists, curators, activists, art writers, administrators, city planners, and educators from the United Kingdom and United States to offer differing perspectives on the many facets of the public art process. The Practice of Public Art examines the continual evolution of public art, from monuments and memorials to socially engaged public art practice. Topics include constructing new models for developing and commissioning public art works, understanding the challenges of public art vs. public design, and unraveling the relationships between public artists and the communities they serve. The Practice of Public Art offers a diverse perspective on the complex nature of public art in the twenty-first century.


    Section One: Out of Theory

      1. Cameron Cartiere (Birkbeck College, University of London): Coming in from the Cold: a Public Art History
      2. Suzanne Lacy (Otis College of Art and Design): New Genre Public Art a Decade Later
      3. Jane Rendell (University College, London): ‘Space, Place and Site in Critical Spatial Arts Practice’
      4. Maggie Adamek (University of Minnesota) and Karl Lorenz (University of Minnesota): ‘Public Art and the Contest of Democratic Space’
      5. Malcolm Miles (University of Plymouth): 'Critical Spaces: Memorials and Reparations, Memories and Changes'
      6. Declan McGonagle (University of Ulster): Defining the Public in Public Art
      7. PLATFORM: Public Art as ‘Slow Activism’
      8. Section Two: Into Practice

      9. Shelly Willis (University of Minnesota): Restructuring the System – Commissioning Public Art
      10. Terri Cohn (San Francisco Art Institute): As Rich as Getting Lost in Venice: Sustaining a Career as a Public Artist Andrew Leicester, Buster Simpson, John Roloff, Agnes Denes
      11. Stephanie Johnson (California State University, Monteray Bay): Teaching public art practice USA
      12. Faye Carey (Chelsea College of Art and Design, London): Teaching public art practice UK
      13. Carrie Moyer (DAM!): Public Art for a Political Audience -- From Margin to Mainstream: Dyke Action Machine!
      14. Regina Flanagan (Landscape Architect, St. Paul Minnesota): The Sometimes Uneasy Relationship Between Public Art and Urban Design
      15. Kristin Calhoun (Public Art Manager, Portland, Oregon): Supporting Temporary Public Art
      16. Thinking Like a Public Artist: Interviews & Manifestos --, Siah Armajani's, Group Material, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Harrell Fletcher, Ben Rubin, Janet Zweig and Mark Dion

    Section Three: Public Art History Timeline


    Cameron Cartiere is a lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London in the department of Arts Policy & Management. She has lectured extensively on public art issues and contemporary art practice and is the co-author of The Manifesto of Possibilities, a guide for the commissioning of public art in urban environments.

    Shelly Willis is the Director of the City of Sacramento Public Art Program. She has managed public art projects and programs for more than 20 years.

    "For university collections and other institutions, this important work is indispensable." Joni M. Palmer, Public Art Review