Public Art Bibliography

The creation and appreciation of public art can involve many fields of knowledge, including art, conservation, history, anthropology, landscape design, urban design, architecture, and engineering. This bibliography serves as an introduction to the field of public art by suggesting reading in these related subjects.

Public Art – Philadelphia

Penny Balkin Bach, Editor
New•Land•Marks: public art, community, and the meaning of place
Grayson Publishing, Washington, DC, 2001.

Penny Balkin Bach
Public Art in Philadelphia
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1992.

Alex Baker, Timothy W. Drescher, Robin Rice, Judith Tannenbaum, Sharon Zukin, Contributors
Wall Power
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2000.

Roslyn F. Brenner
Philadelphia’s Outdoor Art: A Walking Tour, 3rd edition
Camino Books, Philadelphia, 2002.

Julie Courtney, Curator
Points of Departure: Art on the Line
Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, 2001.

Julie Courtney and Todd Gilens, Project Directors
Prison Sentences: The Prison as Site/The Prison as Subject
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, 1995.
Distributed by DAP/Distributed Art Publishers, New York.

Fairmount Park Art Association
Form and Function: Proposals for Public Art in Philadelphia
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Fairmount Park Art Association, Philadelphia, 1982.

Fairmount Park Art Association
Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia’s Treasures in Bronze and Stone
Walker Publisher Co., New York, 1974.

Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Monica Yant Kinney
Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2002.

Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Monica Yant Kinney
More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell

Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2006.

PennPraxis for the William Penn Foundation
Philadelphia Public Art: The Full Spectrum
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2008.

Public Art – General

Lynn Basa
The Artists Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions
Allworth Press, NY, 2008.

Mary Livingston Beebe
Landmarks: Sculpture Commission for the Stuart Collection, University of California, San Diego
Rizzoli, New York, 2000.

Linda Frye Burnham and Steven Durland
The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena and Anthology from High Performance Magazine, 1978 – 1998
Critical Press (publishing art of the Gunk Foundation), Gardiner, NY, 1998.

Cameron Cartiere and Shelly Willis, Editors
The Practice of Public Art
Routledge, New York and London, 2008.

Victor M. Cassidy
Sculptors at Work: Interviews About the Creative Process
McFarland, Jefferson, 2011

Michele Cohen
Public Art for Public Schools
Monacelli Press, New York, 2009.

Erica Doss
Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2010.

Barbara Goldstein, Editor
Public Art By the Book
University of Washington Press, 2005.

2000–2001 Public Art Program Directory
Public Art Network of Americans for the Arts, New York, 2000.

Jeffrey L. Cruikshank and Pam Korza
Going Public: A Field Guide to Developments in Art in Public Places
Arts Extension Service, Amherst, MA, 1988.

Tom Eccles, Jeffrey Kastner, Anne Wehr
Plop: Recent Projects of the Public Art Fund
Merrell Publishers, London, 2004.

Tom Finkelpearl
Dialogues in Public Art
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2000.

Ronald Lee Fleming and R. von Tscharner
Placemakers: Creating Public Art that Tells You Where You Are
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Boston, 1987.

Patricia Fuller
New Works: A Public Art Project Planning Guide
Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC, 1988.

Glenn Harper and Twylene Moyer, Editors
Conversations on Sculpture (Perspectives on Contemporary Sculpture)
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, 2007.

Eleanor Heartney
City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program
Merrell Publishers, New York, 2005.

Eleanor Heartney
GSA Art in Architecture: Selected Artworks, 1997 – 2008
General Services Administration, Washington D.C., 2008.

Infusion: 20 Years of Public Art in Phoenix
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Phoenix, 2005.

Cher Krause Knight
Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism
Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, 2008.

Miwon Kwon
One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2002.

Mary Jane Jacob
Places with a Past: New Site-Specific Art at Charleston’s Spoleto Festival
Rizzoli International Publications, New York, 1991.

Edward T. Linenthal
The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory
Oxford University Press, New York, 2001.

Carlo McCormick with Wooster Collective’s Marc and Sara Schiller
Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art
Taschen, Los Angeles, 2010.

Malcolm Miles
Art, Space and the City: Public Art and Urban Futures
Routledge, London and New York, 1997.

Stacy Paleologos Harris, Editor
Insights/on Sites: Perspectives on Art in Public Places
Partners for Liveable Places, Washington, 1984.

Best Practices Goals and Guidelines
Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts, 2009.

Jean Parker Phifer
Public Art New York
W.W. Norton, NY, 2009.

Anne Pasternak
Creative Time: The Book, 33 Years of Public Art in NYC
Princeton Architecture Press, New York, 2008.

Kirk Savage
Monument Wars: Washington D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape
University of California Press, Berkeley, 2009.

Jan C. Scruggs and Joel L. Swerdlow
To Heal a Nation: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Harper & Row, New York, 1988.

Harriet F. Senie
Contemporary Public Sculpture: Tradition, Transformation, and Controversy
Oxford University Press, New York, 1992.

Harriet F. Senie
The Tilted Arc Controversy: Dangerous Precedent?
University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2002.

Public Art – Maintenance and Conservation

Guidelines for Selecting a Conservator (download here)
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Washington, DC, n.d.

Maintenance Considerations to Save Outdoor Sculpture: Extend a Legacy for the New Century
Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC, 1996.

Maintenance of Outdoor Sculpture: An Annotated Bibliography
Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC, 1996.

Brian Considine, Julie Wolfe, Katrina Posner, and Michel Bouchard
Conserving Outdoor Sculpture: The Stark Collection at the Getty Center
Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2010.

Hafthor Yngvason, Editor
Conservation and Maintenance of Contemporary Public Art
Archetype Publications Limited, London (Distributed by Americans for the Arts, New York), 2002.

Jonathan D. Lippincott
Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s
Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2010.

Susan Nichols
Tips, Tales and Testimonies to Save Outdoor Sculpture
Heritage Preservation, Washington D.C., 2002.

Virginia Norton Naude, Editor
Sculptural Monuments in an Outdoor Environment: A Conference Held at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 1985.

Virginia Norton Naude and Glenn Wharton
Guide to the Maintenance of Outdoor Sculpture
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Washington, DC, 1993.

Tips, Tales and Testimonies to Save Outdoor Sculpture
Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC, 1996.

Today for Tomorrow: Designing Outdoor Sculpture
Heritage Preservation, Washington, DC, 1996.

Public Art – Controversy and Legal Issues

John W. Caldwell, Esq., and Laura G. Miller
Artist’s Guide to Copyright, Patent & Trademark Law
Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Philadelphia, 1985.

Tad Crawford, Esq.
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist: 5th Edition
Allworth Press, New York, 2010.

Jessica Darraby
Art, Artifact & Architecture Law
Clark, Boardman, Callaghan, Deerfield, IL, 1995.

Franklin Feldman and Stephen E. Weil with Susan Duke Biederman
Art Law: Rights and Liabilities of Creators and Collectors
Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1996.

Barbara Hoffman, Editor
Art and Cultural Heritage
Cambridge Press, Cambridge, U.K., 2006.

Sherrill Jordan, Editor
Public Art, Public Controversy: The Tilted Arc on Trial
American Council for the Arts, New York, 1987.

Roy S. Kauffman, Editor
Art Law Handbook
Aspen Law & Business, New York, 2000.

Ralph E. Lerner and Judith Bresler
Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers, and Artists
Practicing Law Institute, New York, 1998.

John Henry Merryman and Albert E. Elsen
Law, Ethics, and the Visual Arts
University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1987.

Gerald Nordland
Controversial Public Art: From Rodin to di Suvero
Art Museum, Milwaukee, 1983.

Andy Pressman, AIA
Professional Practice 101: A Compendium of Business and Management Strategies in Architecture
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997.

Joseph L. Sax
Playing Darts with a Rembrandt: Public and Private Rights in Cultural Treasures
University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1999.

Harriet Senie and Sally Webster, Editors
Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy
Icon Editions, New York, 1992.

Public Art – Community

Erika Doss
Spirit Poles and Flying Pigs: Public Art and Cultural Democracy in American Communities
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1995.

Nina Felshin, Editor
But Is It Art?: The Spirit of Art as Activism
Bay Press, Seattle, 1995.

Dolores Hayden
The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1995.

Mary Jane Jacob with Michael Brenson, Editors
Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1998.

Mary Jane Jacob, Michael Brenson, and Eva M. Olson
Culture in Action
Bay Press, Seattle, 1995.

Suzanne Lacy, Editor
Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art
Bay Press, Seattle, 1995.

Lucy R. Lippard
On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place
The New Press, New York, 1999.

Lucy R. Lippard
The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society
The New Press, New York, 1997.

Arlene Raven, Editor
Art in the Public Interest
UMI Research Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 1989.

Community and Urban Design

Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein
A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
Oxford University Press, New York, 1977.

Edmund N. Bacon
Design of Cities
Penguin Press, New York, 1976.

Christine Boyer
The City of Collective Memory
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1994.

Catherine R. Brown and William R. Morrish
Planning to Stay: Learning to See the Physical Features of Your Neighborhood
Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, 1994.

Clare Cooper-Marcus and Carolyn Francis, Editors
People Places: Design Guidelines for Urban Open Space
Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1990.

Dolores Hayden
The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1995.

Tony Hiss
The Experience of Place
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1990.

Jane Jacobs
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
New York: Vintage Books, 1961.

Gianni Longo
A Guide to Great American Public Places
Urban Initiatives, New York, 1996.

Kevin Lynch
What Time Is This Place?
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1972.

Kevin Lynch and Gary Hack
Site Planning
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1960.

Bernard Rudofsky
Streets for People: A Primer for Americans
Doubleday, Garden City, NY, 1969.

William Whyte
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
Conservation Foundation, Washington, DC, 1980.

Environmental Art and Design

Art in Arcadia: The Gori Collection, Celli; A Tuscan Patron of Contemporary Art at His Country House
Umberto Allmemandi & C., Torino, Italy, 1994.

John Beardsley
Art and Landscape in Charleston and the Low Country: A Project of the Spoleto Festival U.S.A.
Spacemaker Press, Washington, DC, 1998.

John Beardsley
Earthworks and Beyond: Contemporary Art in the Landscape
New York: Abbeville Press, (1st publication 1984; republished 2006).

Suzaan Boettger
Earthworks and the Landscape of the Sixties
University of California Press, Berkeley, 2002.

Francisco Asensio
Landscape Art
Editorial Board, Barcelona, Spain, 1995.

Mark Francis, Lisa Cashdan, and Lynn Paxson
Community Open Space: Greening Neighborhoods Through Community Action and Land Conservation
Island Press, Washington, DC, 1984.

Michael Hough
Out of Place: Restoring Identity to the Regional Landscape
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1990.

Geoffrey and Susan Jellicoe
The Landscape of Man: Shaping the Environment from Prehistory to the Present Day
Viking Press, New York, 1987.

Jory Johnson
Modern Landscape Architecture: Redefining the Garden
Abbeville Press, New York, 1991.

Jeffrey Kastner and Brian Wallis
Land and Environmental Art
Phaidon, London, 1998.

William M. Klein
Gardens of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley
Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1995.

Lucy Lippard
Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory
The New Press, New York, 1983.

Ian McHarg
Design with Nature
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1992.

Matthew Potteiger and Jamie Purinton
Landscape Narratives: Design Practices for Telling Stories
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1998.

Simon Schama
Landscape and Memory
Vintage Books, Random House, New York, 1995.

John Ormsbee Simonds
Earthscape: A Manual of Environmental Planning
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1997.

John Ormsbee Simonds
Landscape Architecture: A Manual of Site Planning and Design
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1983.

Anne Whiston Spirn
Granite Garden: Urban Nature and Human Design
Basic Books, New York, 1984.

Anne Whiston Spirn
The Language of Landscape
Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1998.

Marc Treib, Editor
Modern Landscape Architecture: A Critical Review
MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1993.

Udo Weilacher
Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art
Birkhäuser, Basel and Boston, 1996.

Related Periodicals

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Landscape Architecture
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Places: A Forum of Environmental Design
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Public Art Dialogue
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Public Art Review
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World Sculpture News

Public Art – Transportation

Sandra Bloodworth and William Ayres
Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit
Monacelli Press, New York, 2006.

Dian Magie, Editor
On the Road Again: Creative Transportation Design
Hendersonville, NC: Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, 2005.