Public Art in Canada: Critical Perspectives

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University of Toronto Press, Mar 18, 2011 - Art - 336 pages

Arguably, public art is experienced daily by more people than most offerings in galleries, yet our notion of what constitutes public art is surprisingly limited. Public Art in Canada broadens the critical discussion by exploring public art's varied means of engaging with public space and the public sphere. Annie Gérin and James S. McLean have assembled contributions from new and established Canadian scholars, curators, and artists. Each contributor enlivens our understanding of public art as a practice and its place in the social and aesthetic formation of which it is a part. As a result, the book provides an overview of the current debates in the field of public art that are informed by the theories and critical literature of art history, communication studies, cultural studies, sociology, and urban studies.

The rigorous essays and original works of art collected in this volume present a compelling demonstration of the strategies, aesthetic and otherwise, used by artists to elicit intellectual, sensual, or emotional responses that can only be obtained through artistic practices in public places. Public Art in Canada is a major contribution to the study of Canadian art and culture.

 

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Contents

Situating PerformanceInstallation in an Abandoned Mental Asylum
12 Model for a Public Space
instructions for use
model for a public space manual
instructions for construction
13 Dark Forces at Mount Allison University
PART 4CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON PUBLIC ART
The Thresholds of Proximity

PART 2MEMORY POLITICS AND CONTROVERSIES
The Monument to Giovanni Caboto 1935
6 Whats the Point?
7 Mémoire ardente by Gilbert Boyer or When Politics Penetrates Contemporary Art
8 Edmontons City Hall as Visual Archive and Collector of Memory
PART 3ACTIVIST PRACTICES IN PUBLIC ART TODAY
9 Cultural Interventions in the Public Sphere
Johannes Zits and Contemporary Public Art as Activism
Reality Shopping
Montreal Graffiti in Photography
17 Stardance
Technology and the Art of Public Communication
Works Cited
Contributors
Illustration Credits
Copyright

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Annie Gérin is a professor in the Department of Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

James S. McLean is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University.

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