PUBLIC SCULPTURE CIVIL IDEAL PB

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Smithsonian, May 17, 1997 - Art - 390 pages
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Bogart's groundbreaking consideration of public art as a topic for serious scholarly consideration examines the sustained and organized effort to create in New York a body of municipal sculpture that would express the civic ideal: an urban vision of patriotism, civilization, and good government. It follows the brief movement through its rise and fall, attempting to explain why sponsorship for such civic projects lasted only for a limited time. Dozens of carefully selected photographs and drawings illustrate key aspects of the sculptures and architecture discussed. Delving deeply into the art itself and the political and cultural forces that spurred its creation, Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 1890-1930 is an invaluable resource for both art historians and serious students of New York City's history.

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Very well researched and cogently presented, it illuminates how sculptors worked and how they advanced their professional interests. I would modify some interpretations of the art culture of the ... Read full review

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An indispensable work for any one interested in anything Bogart covers. She gives by far the best process as to how sculptors produced architectural sculpture this side of Kvaran and Lockley. Read full review

Contents

Sculptors and Public Sculpture before 1893
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The National Sculpture Society Artistic Alliances and the Search
47
The Public Sculpture Process
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About the author (1997)

Michele H. Bogard is professor of art history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is the author of Artists, Advertising, and the Borders of Art (1995).

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