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History of Public Art

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Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York

Until the 1960s, most public art in New York City was limited to war memorials, civic-minded murals, or relief sculpture embodying universal values like “Fraternity” or “Wisdom.” But the late 1960s brought a new era that embraced the individual artist’s voice and vision in the public realm. In the years since, hundreds of innovative art … Continue reading

Statues must Fall! Erasing History or righting Wrongs? Battle of Ideas,Sunday 29 October, 10:00—11:30, The Barbican

  The fallout from the clashes between far-right and anti-fascist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia – in which one protester, Heather Heyer, was killed – have brought renewed attention to the row over the fate of numerous Confederate statues and memorials in the US. The Charlottesville protests were sparked by a decision to remove a statue … Continue reading

It’s not the statues: Marius Brill

The trouble with lazy sculptors is they never carve a niche for themselves. Even the more diligent ones tend to get forgotten, hiding their works in plain sight to be treated, mostly, as just more irritating street furniture to bump into when you’re looking at your phone. London is stuffed full of a statues but … Continue reading

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art. 3 February-10 April 2016. East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, London WC2

The exhibition, Out There, will look at the story of the national collection of post-war public art created between 1945 and 1985. Curated by Sarah Gaventa, Out There presents original architectural models, maquettes, photographs and drawings following the history of site-specific sculptures and reliefs by artists including Ralph Brown, Geoffrey Clarke, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, … Continue reading

Mark Twain: A Monument to Adam

Some one has revealed to the Tribune that I once suggested to Rev. Thomas K. Beecher, of Elmira, New York, that we get up a monument to Adam, and that Mr. Beecher favored the project. There is more to it than that. The matter started as a joke, but it came somewhat near to materializing. It is … Continue reading