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The Resource Public art and the fragility of democracy : an essay in political aesthetics, Fred Evans

Public art and the fragility of democracy : an essay in political aesthetics, Fred Evans

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Public art and the fragility of democracy : an essay in political aesthetics
Title
Public art and the fragility of democracy
Title remainder
an essay in political aesthetics
Statement of responsibility
Fred Evans
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Language
eng
Summary
Public space is political space. When a work of public art is put up or taken down, it is an inherently political statement, and the work's aesthetics are inextricably entwined with its political valences. Democracy's openness allows public art to explore its values critically and to suggest new ones. However, it also facilitates artworks that can surreptitiously or fortuitously undermine democratic values. Today, as bigotry and authoritarianism are on the rise and democratic movements seek to combat them, as Confederate monuments fall and sculptures celebrating diversity rise, the struggle over the values enshrined in the public arena has taken on a new urgency. In this book, Fred Evans develops philosophical and political criteria for assessing how public art can respond to the fragility of democracy. He calls for considering such artworks as acts of citizenship, pointing to their capacity to resist autocratic tendencies and reveal new dimensions of democratic society. Through close considerations of Chicago's Millennium Park and New York's National September 11 Memorial, Evans shows how a wide range of artworks participate in democratic dialogues. A nuanced consideration of contemporary art, aesthetics, and political theory, this book is a timely and rigorous elucidation of how thoughtful public art can contribute to the flourishing of a democratic way of life
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1944-
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Evans, Fred J.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BH301.P64
LC item number
E93 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Columbia themes in philosophy, social criticism, and the arts
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  • Aesthetics
  • Democracy
  • Aesthetics
  • Democracy
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Public art and the fragility of democracy : an essay in political aesthetics, Fred Evans
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. Democracy's fragility and the political aesthetics of public art -- 2. Voices and places: the space of public art and Wodiczko's the homeless projection -- 3. Democracy's "empty place": Rawls's political liberalism and Derrida's democracy to come -- 4. Public art's "plain tablet": the political aesthetics of contemporary art -- 5. Democracy and public art: Badiou and Rancière -- 6. The political aesthetics of Chicago's Millennium Park -- 7. The political aesthetics of New York's National 9/11 Memorial -- 8. Public art as an act of citizenship -- Appendix: Badiou on "being and the void."
Control code
1035462896
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 342 pages
Isbn
9780231187589
Lccn
2018008523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028714522
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1035462896
Label
Public art and the fragility of democracy : an essay in political aesthetics, Fred Evans
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Democracy's fragility and the political aesthetics of public art -- 2. Voices and places: the space of public art and Wodiczko's the homeless projection -- 3. Democracy's "empty place": Rawls's political liberalism and Derrida's democracy to come -- 4. Public art's "plain tablet": the political aesthetics of contemporary art -- 5. Democracy and public art: Badiou and Rancière -- 6. The political aesthetics of Chicago's Millennium Park -- 7. The political aesthetics of New York's National 9/11 Memorial -- 8. Public art as an act of citizenship -- Appendix: Badiou on "being and the void."
Control code
1035462896
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 342 pages
Isbn
9780231187589
Lccn
2018008523
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028714522
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1035462896

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