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

Andrea Baldini 1
  • 1 Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Abstract

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.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

  • Allen, Jerry. “How Art Becomes Public.” In Going Public: A Field Guide to Developments in Art in Public Places. Ed. Jerry L. Cruikshank. Amherst, MA: Arts Extension Service/Visual Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, 1988. 244-251.

  • Allport, Gordon Willard. The Nature of Prejudice. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 1954.

  • Apgar, Garry. “Redrawing the Boundaries of Public Art.” Sculpture 11.3 (1992): 24-29.

  • Blair, Carole, Marsha S. Jeppeson, and Enrico Pucci Jr. “Public Memorializing in Post- modernity: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial as Prototype.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 77.3 (1991): 263-288.

  • Calo, Carol Gould. “From Theory to Practice: Review of the Literature on Dialogic Art.” Public Art Dialogue 2.1 (2012): 64-78.

  • Evangelisti, Fabio. “Camera con vista.” La Parola 4.3 (Sept. 2009): 3.

  • Gardiner, Michael. “Wild Publics and Grotesque Symposiums: Habermas and Bakhtin on Dialogue, Everyday Life and the Public Sphere.” In After Habermas: New Perspectives on the Public Sphere. Eds. Nick Crossley and John M. Roberts. Oxford, UK, and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004. 28-48.

  • Gopnik, Adam. “Introduction: Art in the City.” In City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program. Eds. Eleanor Heartney, et al. London and New York: Merrell and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 2005. 9-14.

  • Habermas, Jürgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1989.

  • Keane, John. “Structural Transformations of the Public Sphere.” The Communication Review 1.1 (1995): 1-22.

  • Knight, Cher Krause. Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2008.

  • Kwon, Miwon. One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity. Cambridge, MA, and London, England: MIT Press, 2004.

  • Lacy, Suzanne, ed. Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art. Seattle: Bay Press, 1995.

  • Lake, Peter, and Steve Pincus. “Rethinking the Public Sphere in Early Modern England.” Journal of British Studies 45.2 (2006): 270-292.

  • Latour, Bruno. “From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik - or How to Make Things Public.” In Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy. Eds. Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel. Cambridge, MA, and London, England: MIT Press, 2005. 14-41.

  • Lin, Maya. “Making the memorial.” New York Review of Books, 2 Nov. 2000. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2000/nov/02/making-the-memorial/ (accessed 31 Oct. 2018).

  • Lippard, Lucy. The Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society. New York, NY: The New Press, 1997.

  • Mantegna, Gianfranco, Christo, and Jeanne-Claude. “Interview.” Journal of Contemporary Art. http://www.jca-online.com/christo.html (accessed 31 Oct. 2018).

  • Marres, Noortje. “The Issues Deserve More Credit: Pragmatist Contributions to the Study of Public Involvement in Controversy.” Social Studies of Science 37.5 (2007): 759-780.

  • Meehan, Carole A. “Needs No Introduction: Some Thoughts on Public Engagement.” Public Art Dialogue 2.1 (2012): 4-14.

  • Mikulay, Jennifer Geigel. “Another Look at the Grand Vitesse.” Public Art Dialogue 1.1 (2011): 5-23.

  • North, Michael. “The Public as Sculpture: From Heavenly City to Mass Ornament.” Critical Inquiry 16.4 (Summer 1990): 860-879.

  • O’Neill, Paul, and Claire Doherty, eds. Locating the Producers. Durational Approaches to Public Art. Amsterdam: Valiz, 2011.

  • Rospocher, Massimo. “Beyond the Public Sphere: A Historiographical Transition.” In Beyond the Public Sphere: Opinions, Publics, Spaces in Early Modern Europe. Ed. Massimo Rospocher. Bologna and Berlin: Il Mulino and Duncker & Humblot. 2012. 9-28.

  • Senie, Harriet, and Sally Webster, eds. Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1992.

  • Warner, Michael. “Publics and Counterpublics.” Public Culture 14.1 (2002): 49-90.

  • Weisman, Steven. “Christo’s Intercontinental Umbrella Project.” Special to The New York Times, Nov. 13 1990. http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/13/arts/christo-s-intercontinental-umbrella-project.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm (accessed 31 Oct. 2018).

OPEN ACCESS

Journal + Issues

Search