(image courtesy Public Art of the University of Houston)

This beautifully designed publication commemorates the 50th anniversary of Public Art of the University of Houston System, including works by esteemed artists Carlos Cruz-Diez, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Margo Sawyer, Alyson Shotz, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol. An essay by Alison de Lima Greene delves into the history of the collection, and an essay by Public Art UHS director and chief curator María C. Gaztambide, Ph.D. looks toward its future. In addition, the publication highlights about 40 of the collection’s most notable works, illustrated with all-new color photography and accompanied by entries written by artists, scholars, curators, and other members of the community.

“With thoughtful analysis, María Gaztambide’s essay traces key moments in the conception of a program that was distinguished for its inclusion of artists of color and women artists, for pushing the definition of public art, and for being a leader in how the inclusion of local, national and international artists across campuses can stimulate, inspire and provoke university communities. Alison de Lima Greene’s writing brings great insight to this program, placing it in the larger context of contemporary art practice. Her essay demonstrates how deep-thinking and agile curators commissioned and acquired significant work for this collection, how artists realized dynamic new work and how developments in the field were realized through the University of Houston system.”

—Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York

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