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THE CARDIFF TAPES (1972): GARTH EVANS. Jon Wood. Soberscove Press, Chicago, 2015. 90 pp. with 16 ills. (10 col.). 21 x 14 cm. LC 2015-941030 ISBN 9781940190082 In English.
Publisher's description: In 1972, Garth Evans welcomed the opportunity to create a public sculpture in Cardiff, Wales as part of the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation's City Sculpture Project. At the time, his studio-based practice was in crisis; he had become concerned that the increasing demand for his work served only to reinforce the political, social, and economic status quo, and he hoped to unsettle this dynamic by making a sculpture that would connect with a non-art-world audience. The morning after the installation of his sculpture Evans recorded the responses of passersby; to his surprise, "there was a resistance that I had not anticipated -- it was as if the sculpture represented an oppressive authority." The Beckettian transcript of the Cardiff interviews presented here is framed by Evans's introduction and commentary, which explore ideas about the social responsibilities of art and artists. Jon Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute, contextualizes the transcript within contemporaneous debates about art and public space.
Artist(s):Evans, Garth
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-1970 — Sculpture, Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166794
Paperbound $16.00    

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