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Public Art and the Fragility of Democracy: An Essay in Political Aesthetics

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2019.10.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Fred Evans, Public Art and the Fragility of Democracy: An Essay in Political Aesthetics, Columbia University Press, 2019, 342pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231187589. Reviewed by Gary Shapiro, University of Richmond It should be surprising that so little philosophical attention is devoted to questions concerning public art. The mutual relations of the political and the aesthetic are often thematized in the Continental tradition (think Heidegger, Sartre, Benjamin, Lyotard for starters). Public art, if one stops to think about it, would seem to be the most obvious site of these relations. Yet it has largely escaped the view of philosophers. Now Fred Evans has written an impressively argued and researched study concerning the politico-aesthetic prospects for public art, exploring this theme in terms of the fault lines and promises of what might be called "actually existing democracy." Specifically, this "essay in political aesthetics" is an experiment in clarifying the meaning of art that aims at... Read More

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