The Resource Contemporary public sculpture : tradition, transformation, and controversy, Harriet F. Senie

Contemporary public sculpture : tradition, transformation, and controversy, Harriet F. Senie

Label
Contemporary public sculpture : tradition, transformation, and controversy
Title
Contemporary public sculpture
Title remainder
tradition, transformation, and controversy
Statement of responsibility
Harriet F. Senie
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the twentieth century, public sculpture has changed almost beyond recognition. Works inspired by classical and Renaissance traditions - imposing equestrian monuments and triumphal arches - have been replaced by works such as Claes Oldenburg's Clothespin and Christo's Running Fence. This break from tradition has led to radically different approaches to public sculpture - but not without bitter controversy within both the art community and the general public. Contemporary Public Sculpture offers the first comprehensive look at this highly diverse and often controversial branch of modern art. Beginning with the revival of public sculpture in the 1960s, with the work of Picasso, Calder, Moore, Nevelson, and others, Senie traces the developments that defined a new civic art: one which substituted the artist's fame for public content and sparked debates about cost, the role of government, and the place of public art in a democratic society. She shows how the growing irrelevance of traditional memorials resulted in a new approach to the genre defined by Maya Lin's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, which set out to "heal a nation" rather than glorify a military event by honoring victims rather than heroes; and how dissatisfaction with modern "glass box" architecture and its surrounding barren urban spaces led architectural firms like Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill to use art to enliven both. Senie discusses how the earthworks of Robert Smithson and others inspired public sculpture that brought various landscape elements into urban sites; and she explores works by George Sugarman and Scott Burton that combine sculpture and furniture, changing the very idea of public art by creating a stage for public life. Finally, she examines the controversies that arise when citizens (including the press and politicians) confront publicly funded work - such as Joel Shapiro's "Headless Gumby" or Serra's Tilted Arc - that defies their sense of what public sculpture should be. Illustrated with over one hundred halftones, this overview of contemporary public sculpture provides a clear understanding of why it is there, why it looks the way it does, and what is really at stake in the continuing public art controversy
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Senie, Harriet
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NB198
LC item number
.S355 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Public sculpture
  • Sculpture, Modern
  • Sculpture
  • Sculpture publique
  • Sculpture publique
  • Sculpture
  • Public sculpture
  • Sculpture, Modern
  • Plastieken
  • Openbare ruimte
  • Plastik
  • Öffentlicher Raum
  • Escultura
  • Plastik
  • Öffentlicher Raum
  • USA
  • USA
Label
Contemporary public sculpture : tradition, transformation, and controversy, Harriet F. Senie
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Memorials and monuments reconsidered -- 2. Sculpture and architecture: a changing relationship -- 3. The public sculpture revival of the 1960s: famous artists, modern styles -- 4. Landscape into public sculpture: transplanting and transforming nature -- 5. Sculputre with a function: crossing the high art-low art barrier -- 6. The persistence of controversy: patronage and politics
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
viii, 276 p.
Isbn
9780195073188
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91033760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24373295
  • (OCoLC)ocm24373295
Label
Contemporary public sculpture : tradition, transformation, and controversy, Harriet F. Senie
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-265) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Memorials and monuments reconsidered -- 2. Sculpture and architecture: a changing relationship -- 3. The public sculpture revival of the 1960s: famous artists, modern styles -- 4. Landscape into public sculpture: transplanting and transforming nature -- 5. Sculputre with a function: crossing the high art-low art barrier -- 6. The persistence of controversy: patronage and politics
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
viii, 276 p.
Isbn
9780195073188
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91033760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24373295
  • (OCoLC)ocm24373295

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