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The Public-Art Publics: An Analysis of Some Structural Differences among Public-Art Spheres

Andrea Baldini
Published Online: 2019-01-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2019-0002


In this paper, I argue for what I define as the multiplicity thesis (MT). According to MT, there is not a single public of public art, but a multiplicity of them. I defend MT both as a descriptive and a normative claim. I explore different types of publics of public art that can be distinguished from one another in terms of their different sizes. I expand my analysis of the differences among separate publics of public art by considering temporary and enduring ones.

Keywords: aesthetics; philosophy; art in the public sphere; public art; dialogic art; public sphere; public engagement; temporary art; durational approaches to public art; Habermas


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About the article

Received: 2018-10-31

Accepted: 2018-11-09

Published Online: 2019-01-18

Published in Print: 2019-01-01

Citation Information: Open Philosophy, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 10–21, ISSN (Online) 2543-8875, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2019-0002.

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© by Andrea Baldini, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Public License. BY 4.0

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