PRINT Summer 1981

Public Sculpture II: Provisions for the Paradise

This is the second of two articles on public sculpture. For the first, see Artforum, March 1981.

IN THE CHAMBERS OF ARTS Council X is the registry, filled to overflowing with artists’ information and slides. The registry is a repository: it collects and catalogues the Babel-like, confused languages that comprise a locality’s art. The work may be arranged alphabetically, by category or by site; the registry may be in-house or open. Curators consult it. Dealers use it. But more often it serves as a territorial tool, the major resource for local commissions. The registry, index to art, is also a metaphor for selection; regions imply regionalism.

Sculpture funding, today, is a pluralistic construct, a structure organized on national, state, county and municipal levels, on levels of function and location, with considerable interchange among them. Public and private sources intertwine, the former

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