Public Art in Canada: Critical Perspectives, Volume 83

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Annie Gérin, James S. McLean
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Art - 340 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

The State and the Negotiation of Taste
23
Camouflage Series
65
Memory Politics and Controversies
95
Whats the Point?
115
Mémoire ardente by Gilbert Boyer or When Politics Penetrates
125
Edmontons City Hall as Visual Archive and Collector
145
Activist Practices in Public Art Today
163
Johannes Zits and Contemporary Public
183
Model for a Public Space
223
Dark Forces at Mount Allison University
229
Contemporary Perspectives on Public Art
247
Reality Shopping
265
Stardance
293
WORKS CITED
319
CONTRIBUTORS
333
Copyright

Situating Performance
201

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About the author (2009)

Annie Gérinis a professor in the Département d'histoire de l'art at Université du Québec à Montréal.

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

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