New York

“Projects and Proposals”

City Gallery

Lacking the broad tradition of civic cultural involvement that is common to many European countries, the United States has often been a battleground for public art. The skirmishes frequently occurring between the artists of such work and their tax-paying audiences have prompted discussions in many quarters on the possibilities of an art that might be both publicly accountable (responsive to the demands of its observers and users) and esthetically sophisticated (responsive to the needs of the specialized art community). This exhibition of 22 projects that are either currently under construction at—or proposed for—various sites in New York City’s five boroughs offered an overview of the current state of public art.

All of the exhibited works were developed under the city’s Percent for Art Program, by which a portion of the monies allocated for construction or renovation of public buildings

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