Public Art
a Reader, edited by Florian Matzner
in English

Hatje Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart, 2004

464 pp., 227 ills. 17,00 x 24,00 cm
softcover -
ISBN 3-7757-9148-5      - € 29,90




An indispensable handbook on art in the public space sphere - with profoundly thoughtful texts by curators, artists, and art historians

"... a heavy tome ..."
(Stuttgarter Zeitung) -
"... a monumental volume ..." (Kunstzeitung)

Few topics in the visual arts have created such controversy recently as the debate surrounding the significance and potential of public art.

In response to this, Public Art was published in a bilingual edition and quickly sold out. The book is now

being republished in separate language editions.
In this handbook, over fifty authors take a critical look at this theme: the result is a fascinating compendium of opinions and statements, experiences and reports. The wide-ranging material by curators, art historians, and artists is divided into Art and the City, Art and Architecture, Art and History, Art and Society, Art and the Exhibition, and Art and the Public. Enlightening contributions are provided by Vito Acconci, Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Walter Grasskamp, Hans Haacke, Ilya Kabakov, Kasper König, Joseph Kosuth, Florian Matzner, Ulrich Rückriem, Lawrence Weiner among many others.