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Art, Space and the City [Paperback]

Malcolm Miles
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September 28, 1997 0415139430 978-0415139434 1ST
Public art - the making, management and mediation of art outside its conventional location in museums and galleries, and the livable city - a concept involving user-centred strategies for urban planning and design, are both socially produced but have emerged from different fields and tend to be discussed in isolation.
This book applies a range of critical perspectives which have emerged from different disciplines - art criticism, urban design, urban sociology, geography and critical theory - to examine the practice of art for urban public spaces, seeing public art from positions outside those of the art world to ask how it might contribute to possible urban futures. Exploring the diversity of urban politics, the functions of public space and its relation to the structures of power, the roles of professionals and users in the construction of the city, the gendering of space and the ways in which space and citizen are represented, the book explains how these issues are as relevant to architecture, urban design and urban planning as they are to public art. Drawing on a wealth of images from across the UK and Europe and the USA, in particular, the author questions the effectiveness of public art in achieving more convivial urban environments, whilst retaining the idea that imagining possible futures is as much part of a democratic society as using public space.

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Miles mixes art and urbanism with a dash of theory.
Choice, May 1998

This book provides a valuable critique of public art from a position outside it - a superb combination of theory, speculation, and a critique of public art policy.
–Anthony King, State University of New York, Binghamton

About the Author

Malcolm Miles is Principal Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. He is the author of Art for Public Spaces: Critical Essays (1989).

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1ST edition (September 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415139430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415139434
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Studies about Public Art March 26, 2003
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This book is one of the best studies carried through on the problematic of the public art in the internacional context. The author displays of a form notable the new conceptions of public art, collated with the classic conceptions that afect the monument. He analyzes some of the interventions more interesting of the public space, and explains the intentions of each creator. Richard Serra, Rachel Whiteread, Tone Otterness, Antony Gormley, Isamu Noguchi, Mierle Ukeles, Wodiczko, is some of the examples that the author appeals to show to the diversity of the proposals contemporaries. For beyond the artists, the author collates diverses teses defended by Rosalin Deutshe, Suzanne Lacy, Sara Selwood, Harriet F. Senie, among others. If it is interested in deepening its knowledge in the field of the public art, cannot leave to possess a unit of this book in your private library.
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