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A back and forth on Mark di Suvero’s “Joie de Vivre” sculpture in Zuccotti Park (Use with permission of Caroline Busta)

Mark di Suvero’s “Joie de Vivre” has inadvertently found itself in the middle of the biggest protest movement in America today and not everyone likes it.

We’ve already mentioned that the Occupy Wall Street Journal labeled Mark di Suvero’s massive public sculpture as a “weird red thing,” which we read as “ugly” — and most of you (65%) disagreed with that assessment. But now a small spat on on the sculpture itself raises some some big questions we regularly address on Hyperallergic.

I think it’s interesting when people label something as “not art” since I often think they mean “good art” rather than “art” at all.

Thanks to Caroline Busta for allowing us to reproduce her photo.

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3 replies on “#OWS Still Debating Mark di Suvero”

  1. Isn’t there a distinction to be made between public art and corporate art? The person who wrote on this sculpture might also be making assumptions about the artist, Mark di Suvero. Here in NYC, he founded the Socrates Sculpture Park, a public park in Long Island City, Queens which provides opportunities for emerging artists, public access to the waterfront, and public programs and education.
     “Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of sculptor Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. Today it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public programs.”

  2. di Suvero built the Peace Tower in 1966 and was associated with the Art Workers Coalition.  Perhaps a history lesson is in order; could the a&c working group do a little educational outreach to the rest of the occupiers?

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