Temporary Art and Public Place: Comparing Berlin with Los Angeles

Temporary Art and Public Place: Comparing Berlin with Los Angeles

by John Powers




This study focuses on the production and reception of sculpture and installation artworks temporarily realized in public places in Berlin and Los Angeles between 1986 and 2003. Place Art, including art works produced as a result of artist-generated public place investigations, is emphasized. A methodic-analytical art-place-space system is set up in terms of physical, sensory, historical, social, political and aesthetic frameworks to examine selected artworks in specific and comparative space-time realities. A model for artistic production, reception, discourse and intercultural understanding is developed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631564301
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: John S. Powers is an artist and scholar, born in California, educated in the USA and Europe. In 1986 he began to produce art in Berlins public spaces. After realizing more than 30 significant art and public place installation artworks in Europe and the United States, he became the first practicing artist to receive his Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Institut Kunstwissenschaft und Ästhetik.

Table of Contents

Content: «Art - Place - Space» in Berlin and Los Angeles – Aspects of Public Art – Kunst im Öffentlichen Raum – Art and Public Place – Art History – Visual Art – Installation Art – Sculpture – Kunstwissenschaft und Ästhetik – Cultural Geography and Urban Studies in Europe and USA.

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