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Public Art in Canada: Critical Perspectives

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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 G?rin 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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Edited by Payne (School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton U., Canada), this volume brings together contributions from Canadian scholars, curators, and artists that address historical and contemporary issues of art in the Canadian public sphere. The volume's 18 papers examine the relationship between social values, styles, and artistic practices in state-led public art projects; the role of collective memory and commemorative projects in forming Canadian identity; activist art that aims to destabilized hegemonic discourses in public spaces by introducing dissonant aesthetic and cultural discourses; and contemporary perspectives on public art in Canada. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802095688
Author:
Gerin, Annie
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Editor:
MacLean, James S.
Editor:
Ga(c)Rin, Annie
Editor:
G'Rin, Annie
Editor:
McLean, James S.
Subject:
Canadian
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
9.00x6.40x.90 in. 1.15 lbs.

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