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Public art

Selected literature

BARBER, Bruce, Emma Bugden, Jeff Dayton-Johnson, Marc James Léger, Maryam Rashidi, Gregory Sholette and Don Simmons. Littoral Art and Communicative Action. Windsor, Ontario: Common Ground, 2013.

BISHOP, Claire. Artificial Hells Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. London: Verso, 2012.

BOURRIAUD, Nicolas. Relational Aesthetics. Dijon: Presses du reel, 2002.

CARTIERE, Cameron and Martin Zebracki. Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion. New York: Routledge, 2015.

DEUTSCHE, Rosalyn. Evictions, Art and Spatial Politics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1998.

DEZEUZE, Anna. The 'Do-it-yourself' Artwork: Participation from Fluxus to New Media. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.

DICKINSON, Greg, Carole Blair and Brian L, Ott. Places of Public Memory—the Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2010.

DOHERTY, Claire. Public Art (Now): Out of Time, Out of Place. London: Art Books Publishing, 2015.

DOSS, Erika. Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995.

FINKELPEARL, Tom. Dialogues in Public Art. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2001.

FOSTER, Hal. The Art-Architecture Complex. London: Verso, 2013.

GABLIK, Suzi. Has Modernism Failed? London: Thames & Hudson, 1984.

GABLIK, Suzi. The Reenchantment of Art. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1995.

HELGUERA, Pablo. Education for Socially-Engaged Art. New York: Jorge Pinto Books, 2011.

KAGAN, Sacha. Toward Global (Environ) Mental Change Transformative Art and Cultures of Sustainability, volume 20, 2012. Edited by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Berlin: Heinrich Böll Stiftung 2012.

KAPROW, Allan. Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

KESTER, Grant. Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

KRAUSE KNIGHT, Cher. Public Art Theory, Practice and Populism. Malden, Massachusetts; Oxford; Carlton, Victoria: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.

KRAUSE KNIGHT, Cher. Power and Paradise in Walt Disney's World. Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 2014.

KRAUSE KNIGHT, Cher and Harriet F Senie. A Companion to Public Art. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

KRAUSE KNIGHT, Cher and Harriet F Senie. Museums and Public Art? Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018.

KWON, Miwon. One Place After Another, Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2002.

LACY, Suzanne. Mapping the Terrain New Genre Public Art. Seattle: Bay Press, 1995.

LAMPERT, Nicolas. A People's Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements. New York: The New Press, 2015.

LIPPARD, Lucy. The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society. New York: The New Press, 1998.

MILES, Malcolm. Art for Public Places: Critical Essays. Winchester Hampshire: Winchester School of Arts Press, 1989.

MILES, Malcolm. Art, Space and the City, Public Art and Urban Futures. London and New York: Routledge, 1997.

MILES, Malcolm. Eco-Aesthetics: Art, Literature and Architecture in a Period of Climate Change. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

RAVEN, Arlene. Art in the Public Interest. Boston: Da Capo, 1993.

SENIE, Harriet and Sally Webster. Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context and Controversy. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.

SIERRA, Marie and Kit Wise. Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency Through Contemporary Art and Design. Illinois: Common Ground Research Networks, 2018.

STRELOW, Heike. Aesthetics of Ecology: Art in Environmental Design: Theory and Practice. Basel: Birkauser, 2004.

THOMPSON, Nato. Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991–2011. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2012.

WALLIS, Brian. If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism: A Project by Martha Rosler. New York: The New Press, 1998.

WARWICK, Rhona. Arcade: Artists and Placemaking. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2006.

ZEBRACKI, Martin and Cameron Cartiere. The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space, and Social Inclusion. New York: Routledge, 2015.

ZEBRACKI, Martin and Joni M Palmer. Public Art Encounters Art, Space and Identity. New York: Routledge, 2018.


BLOUW, Peter. “What is Social Aesthetics?”

BOWER, Sam. “A Profusion of Terms.”


GUILLAMET, Laia and David Rocha. “The Double Face of Collaborative Art: The Exchange of Theory and Practice.” Interartive.



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