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Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy
By Sally Webster (editor) and Harriet F. Senie (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Smithsonian Inst Pr
Publication date September 1, 1998
Pages 314
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781560987697
ISBN-10 1560987693
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $27.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: In this groundbreaking anthology, twenty-two artists, architects, historians, critics, curators, and philosophers explore the role of public art in creating a national identity, contending that each work can only be understood by analyzing the context in which it is commissioned, built, and received. They emphasize the historical continuum between traditional works such as Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, and the New York Public Library lions, in addition to contemporary memorials such as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Names Project AIDS Quilt. They discuss the influence of patronage on form and content, isolate the factors that precipitate controversy, and show how public art overtly and covertly conveys civic values and national culture.

Complete with an updated introduction, Critical Issues in Public Art shows how monuments, murals, memorials, and sculptures in public places are complex cultural achievements that must speak to increasingly diverse groups.

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from Smithsonian Inst Pr (September 1, 1998)
9781560987697 | details & prices | 314 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $27.95
About: In this groundbreaking anthology, twenty-two artists, architects, historians, critics, curators, and philosophers explore the role of public art in creating a national identity, contending that each work can only be understood by analyzing the context in which it is commissioned, built, and received.
Reprint edition from Perennial (August 1, 1993)
9780064302203 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $21.00
About: Essays look at how public art defines national values, discuss the influence of politics and patronage, examine citizen responses to public art, and show new directions in public art

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