Faculty of Arts


Public Art: Issues and Controversy


This course runs for the first term. It is a15 point taught course. The course examines the politics and process around modern and contemporary public art and monuments, predominantly sculpture. Topics include: the challenges of public space, patronage, issues of nationalism and cultural identity, memorialisation (for example war and Holocaust memorials) and the urban environment. Issues and controversies around international case studies and local practice are studied in relation to works such as Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North, The Fourth Plinth and the Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park. Examples of public art are considered in relation to theories of place and space.

The course focuses on the theory of public art and on international case studies.

Restricted against Arthist 706A



Coursework only

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Robin Woodward

Recommended Reading

Cher Krause Knight Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism Blackwell 2009

Harriet Senie Contemproary Public Art: Tradition, Transformation and Controversy Oxford University Press 1992

Harriet Sene and Sally Webster (eds) Critical Issues in Public Art Harper Collins 1992


ARTHIST 719: 15.0 points

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