John Beardsley

  • Personal Sensibilities in Public Places

    ANY DISCUSSION OF CURRENT, publicly funded, publicly accessible artworks must begin with a bit of semantic wrangling. Specifically, art in public places must be differentiated from public art.1 There are areas of overlap; indeed, these areas make up the principal subject of this essay. But it is important first to recognize the distinctions between the two. Art in public places is essentially just that: artworks purchased or commissioned for publicly owned or publicly accessible spaces. It is art made public, outside the home or museum.

    Whether purchased by a bank for display in a lobby or