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Mapping the Terrain - New Public Genre Art (Paperback) Loot Price: R443
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Mapping the Terrain - New Public Genre Art (Paperback): Suzanne Lacy
Mapping the Terrain - New Public Genre Art (Paperback): Suzanne Lacy

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Mapping the Terrain - New Public Genre Art (Paperback)

Suzanne Lacy

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Preachy and polemical essays trace 25 years of alternative public art, addressing an exciting topic with airless earnestness. Editor Lacy is a conceptual and performance artist, a founding member in the 1970s of the West Coast's Feminist Studio Workshop, and currently dean of fine arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Her introduction defines "new genre art," now an established movement of artists who engage in installations in public spaces, collective group endeavors, and activist actions and stand in opposition to what they see as the elitist traditions of museums, galleries, and grandiose public statuary. Essays by a bevy of contributors follow. Mary Jane Jacob, an independent curator, struggles over the medium's attempts to embrace a nonexclusive public. Critic Patricia C. Phillips tries to tackle public art's "challenge to modernism," as well as its failures as a marginalized genre. More cogent are offerings from well-known art writers Suzi Gablik, on the artist's role in society, and Lucy R. Lippard, on the definition of public art; both manage to reach concrete conclusions. Lighter, and most entertaining, is artist Allan Kaprow's firstperson account of recruiting inner-city kids for a collaborative project documenting bathroom graffiti in Berkeley, Calif., in the late 1960s. Most helpful to general readers and students will be the book's second half, an alphabetized compendium of both well and lesser-known works of some 90 artists and collective groups assembled by Susan Steinman (Art/California State Univ., Hayward). Described here: Joseph Beuys's 1974 three-day cohabitation of a New York gallery space with a live coyote; Jerri Allyn's activist "40 Woman All-Waitress Marching Band" from L.A. in the 1970s; and New York City's Guerrilla Girls, who raised the art world's consciousness in the 1980s. Essays laden with the verbal clunkiness of the politically correct art cartel, joined by a more useful index of artists and projects. (Kirkus Reviews)
Literary Nonfiction. Art History, Theory & Criticism. "In this wonderfully bold and speculative anthology of writings, artists and critics offer a highly persuasive set of argument and pleas for imaginative, socially responsible, and socially responsive public art.... This book will prove as valuable to art and cultural historians and critics as it will be to public policy makers, students and a diverse public audience"--Moira Roth, Mills College. "Energized by ideas and experiences in performance art, community art, installation, social history, and urban planning, artists are creating and invigorating new public art that imbues daily life with meaning and significance"--Richard Andrews, University of Washington.


Imprint: Bay Press,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 1995
Authors: Suzanne Lacy
Dimensions: 220 x 153 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 978-0-941920-30-8
Barcode: 9780941920308
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies
Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > General
Books > Arts & Architecture > The arts: general issues > Theory of art
LSN: 0-941920-30-5

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