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ixia and Intellect reveal publication of the Art & the Public Sphere Journal

Date uploaded: April 27, 2011

ixia and intellect are delighted to announce the publication of the first issue of the new journal, Art & the Public Sphere. The journal provides a platform for academics, artists, curators, art historians and theorists, whose working practices are broadly concerned with contemporary art's relation to the public sphere.

Art & the Public Sphere voices a critical relationship towards the traditional and conventional debates about the specific field of public art, as well as towards the broader discussions and art practices in the public sector and the public realm. Whilst ‘public art’ has continually suffered from its mixed role as art and also town planning, in the UK, for example, the perceived success of Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North has since recruited public art for the purposes of ‘place-making’ and the branding of cities. The journaloffers an engaged and responsive forum in which to debate the newly emerging series of developments within contemporary thinking, society and international art practice. It is peer-reviewed and edited by Mel Jordan, an artist who works for the collective Freee.

Click here to download the first issue of the journal free of charge from intellect’s website.

Contents: Volume 1 Issue 1, 2011


From cultural populism to cool capitalism, Jim McGuigan

Privatizing the public: Three rhetorics of art’s public good in ‘Third Way’ cultural policy, Andy Hewitt

Dissensus and the politics of collaborative practice, Kim Charnley

Retro-Spective: ‘Places with a Past’ – New site-specific art in Charleston, Spoleto Festival USA, 1991, Mick Wilson

Performative tactics and the choreographic reinvention of public space, Martin Patrick

REVIEWS: Rebecca Coates; Danielle Child; Maeve Connolly; Katie Daley-Yates; Hendrik Folkerts; Georgina Jackson; Mark Hutchinson.

For more information about subscribing to Art & the Public Sphere, please click here.

Image: Journée des Barricades, 2008, Heather and Ivan Morison. Commissioned by Litmus Research Initiative, Massey University, New Zealand with Situations, University of the West of England, Bristol for One Day Sculpture. From the front cover of Art & the Public Sphere, Volume 1, Number 1.