public art

Post image for Tehran Diary: A Largely Local Art Scene Begins to Open Up

TEHRAN — My first impression of the Iranian capital is one of vagueness in a difficult topography, as the city sprawls in all directions and stands at different elevations surrounded by mountains.

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Post image for A Hidden Times Square Sound Installation Returns to Full Hum

Max Neuhaus’s “Times Square” sound installation is meant to be stumbled upon by visitors to the chaotic crossroads in Manhattan.

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Post image for Locating William Kentridge’s Massive Mural in the Roman Landscape

ROME — What exactly does public art mean in a town rebuilt uninterruptedly for over 2,000 years?

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Post image for Activists Strap Artist-Made Pollution Masks on London’s Statues

From Buckingham Palace’s white marble Queen Victoria to the famous aluminum Eros in Piccadilly Circus, high-profile statues of historical and mythical figures across London have become central participants in an air pollution protest.

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Post image for Swedish Supreme Court Rules Against Wikimedia for Database of Public Art Photos

The Supreme Court of Sweden ruled yesterday that Wikimedia Sverige (Sweden) violated the country’s copyright laws by gathering and posting photographs of public artworks on a website, the Local Sweden reported.

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Post image for Louisiana Republicans Target State Spending on Public Art

Louisiana, like many states and municipalities in the US, has had a “Percent for Art” law on the books for years.

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Post image for A Soviet-Era Kinetic Sculpture Designed to Improve Factory Life

The “Positron” (1976–77) by Latvian artist Valdis Celms operated a bit like a disco ball, flashing various colors of light as the goliath metal orb rotated.

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Post image for Columbia Students Object to Installation of Henry Moore “Monstrosity”

In what is apparently not an April Fools joke, a group of Columbia University students is protesting the installation of a Henry Moore sculpture on campus.

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Post image for Tracing the Legacies of Postwar UK’s Lost and Damaged Public Artworks

Last December, after cultural preservationists in England realized that many of the nation’s postwar public sculpture have disappeared from the landscape over a number of decades, they issued a public call to attempt to trace or even recover them.

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Post image for A New Website Lets You Browse Images of All Publicly Owned Art in the UK

“THROUGH OUR PUBLIC COLLECTIONS WE ALL OWN ART,” reads a new painting by British artist Bob and Roberta Smith (who is one guy).

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