Issue 39 - Between Urban and Rural: Public Art + Suburbia

Issue 39 - Between Urban and Rural: Public Art + Suburbia
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Between Urban and Rural

As U.S. suburbs mature and begin to amass their own history and as new ones burst frantically into the existence in the form of sprawl, the precise nature and culture of suburbia is increasingly the focus of critical discussion by academics, urban planners, and environmentalists.  Conspicuously lacking from the debate, excepting relatively few examples, are public artists and their art.

The contributing writers of PAR #39 attempt to give this little-explored frontier a framework. Guest editor Mason Riddle and writers Andrew Blauvelt, Todd Bressi, Meridith McKinley, Ronald Lee Fleming, Cynthia Nikitin, James Wines, and Bruce Wright explore these complex and confounding issues. Also featured is an interview with urban theorist Richard Florida, an artist's page by Bill Amundson, and a last page from Fritz Haeg.

Our featured state is Colorado, with a survey of new projects and peek at public art responses to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. As always, PAR #39 presents a provocative selection of book reviews and listings, international news and recent projects, and more!

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