Latent voices: how public art of the past can speak in the present

Crouch, Amelia (2017) Latent voices: how public art of the past can speak in the present. Corridor 8.

Abstract

The article reflects upon two recent exhibitions of past public art ¬- City Sculpture Projects 1972 at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017) and Out There: Our Post War Public Art (2016) at Bessie Surtee’s House, Newcastle (Historic England, 2016). Wondering why these venues or organisations wanted to re-visit these projects in the present-moment, the article speculates upon changing notions of the public and upon the increasingly individualised nature of contemporary neoliberal society. It posits that part of art’s role in the present moment is to resist the narcissism that consumer capitalism encourages and to invite us to re-envision or see the world form other points of view.

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