If there was such a thing as a ‘defining moment’ in the story of contemporary Australian art it must surely have been the first Kaldor Public Art Project, the visionary and attention-grabbing event, the wrapping of the coastline at Little Bay in 1969. It moved the experience of art from hallowed halls to the less likely venues of the coastline and city square.40 YEARS: KALDOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
Edmund Capon, Director, AGNSW, Sydney
Essays by Anthony Bond, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Daniel Thomas, Sophie Forbat and Adam Free
Interview with John Kaldor by Nicholas Baume
Edited by Sophie Forbat
A 304-page colour publication was produced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kaldor Public Art Projects in 2009 and to consolidate this important history. Awarded 'best book' and 'best in show' at the 2010 Museums Australia awards and shortlisted for an Australian Publishers Association award, this book documents four decades of projects since Christo and Jeanne-Claude first wrapped the coastline of Sydney’s Little Bay in 1969. It represents a history of groundbreaking events, including Gilbert & George’s The Singing Sculpture in 1973, Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik’s exhibition and performances of 1976, Jeff Koons’s Puppy in 1995, Gregor Schneider’s 21 beach cells in 2007, as well as the anniversary project by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi staged in 2009. Each of the 19 projects created between 1969 and 2009 are represented, with detailed texts and previously unpublished photographs, letters, drawings and documents, reflecting an extraordinary history of innovative projects and public art in Australia.
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