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Art and the City Nicolas Whybrow

Art and the City

Nicolas Whybrow

Published December 15th 2010
ISBN : 9781845114657
Paperback
224 pages
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To Henri Lefebvre, the space and lived everydayness of the inter-dependent, multi-faceted city produces manifold possibilities of identifiction and realization through often imperceptible interactions and practices. Art and the City takes thisMoreTo Henri Lefebvre, the space and lived everydayness of the inter-dependent, multi-faceted city produces manifold possibilities of identifiction and realization through often imperceptible interactions and practices. Art and the City takes this observation as its cue to examine the role of art against a backdrop of globally rising urban populations, taking into account the more recent performative and relational turns of art that have sought in their city settings to identify a participating spectator -- an implicated citizen.In exploring how artworks present themselves as a means by which to navigate and plot the city for a writing interlocutor, Nicolas Whybrow discusses diverse examples, representing three key modern modalities of urban arts practice. The first, walking, involves works by Richard Wentworth, Francis Alÿs, Mark Walllinger and others, the second, play, includes art by Antony Gormley, Mark Quinn and Carsten Höller. The third, cultural memory, Whybrow addresses through the controversial urban holocaust memorial sites of Peter Eisenmans memorial in Berlin and Rachel Whitereads in Vienna.