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Good Public Art in Bad Public Spaces: Art Critic Jerry Saltz Takes on the Built Environment

Good Public Art in Bad Public Spaces: Art Critic Jerry Saltz Takes on the Built Environment
Good Public Art in Bad Public Spaces: Art Critic Jerry Saltz Takes on the Built Environment, Deborah Kass' sculpture "OY/YO" under the Manhattan Bridge. Image © Flickr user DUMBOBID, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Deborah Kass' sculpture "OY/YO" under the Manhattan Bridge. Image © Flickr user DUMBOBID, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

In his latest article for Vulture, art critic Jerry Saltz celebrates the latest crop of public art in New York City, such as Deborah Kass' OY/YO sculpture, sitting near the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn, commenting on the success of such pieces even though (or perhaps because) many of them have been curated by art-world insiders rather than publicly accountable arts commissions or community engagement processes. But for Saltz, this new wave of high-quality public art has come at the expense of quality public space. Despite his admiration for the art installations, he expresses skepticism of the privately-funded public spaces that house them, such as the much-celebrated High Line, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) and James Corner Field Operations, as well as future projects such as Pier 55 by Heatherwick Studio, and the "Culture Shed" at the Hudson Yards development also by DS+R. His critique even references a phrase from DS+R that belongs on our list of words only architects use. Read Saltz's full discussion of public art and public space here.

Cite: David Douglass-Jaimes. "Good Public Art in Bad Public Spaces: Art Critic Jerry Saltz Takes on the Built Environment" 27 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779360/good-public-art-in-bad-public-spaces-art-critic-jerry-saltz-takes-on-the-built-environment/> ISSN 0719-8884