Socrates Sculpture Park Ivana Mestrovic, Alyson Baker

Publication date:
30 Nov 2006
Socrates Sculpture Park
240 pages: 305 x 254mm
10 b-w + 204 color illus.
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Socrates Sculpture Park is one of the most acclaimed public art spaces in the country. The Park opened in 1986 and has been an outdoor studio to over 500 artists, a venue presenting more than 40 exhibitions of large-scale sculpture, and a vital park attracting a diverse audience to Long Island City’s East River waterfront. This handsome book is published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Socrates Sculpture Park, and it is the first major publication on this unique outdoor museum.
Sculptor Mark di Suvero founded the Park with the assistance of fellow artists, community members, and city officials who transformed an abandoned lot into an award-winning urban renewal project. The history, spirit, and nature of this collaborative enterprise is presented through photographs and essays that reveal the beauty, energy, and import of this successful public art space.

Alyson Baker is Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park. Ivana Mestrovic is the Director of Spacetime CC. Mark di Suvero is an artist and the founder of Socrates. Thomas Hanrahan is an architect with hMa, hanrahan Meyers architects, New York City, and Dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute. Jeffrey Kastner is an art critic and Senior Editor of Cabinet magazine. Irving Sandler is an art historian and founding board member of Socrates.

"The story of its evolution from an abandoned garbage-filled lot into a community-based outdoor arena for public art is told in this handsome, large-format book, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the park. . . . This book should inspire all professionals working in the public sphere?artists, landscapes architects, urban designers, and architects?to consider spaces such as Socrates Sculpture Park in their repetoire of urban options."?Landscape Architecture

"A big, handsome record of the first twenty years of the most user-friendly sculpture park yet thought up, for both artists and viewers, the pictures dominate the book the way the sculptures dominate their plot of land. The photographs are interspersed with comments and essays from curators, critics, visitors, staff members, and the artists themselves."?Jane Durrell, Public Art Review

"This is a book about a very small sculpture park?only 4.5 acres?that nevertheless has a very big reputation. It is, in the best sense of the phrase, a coffee table book, in that pride of place is rightfully given to the photographs, which track the changing sculptural world of Socrates since its inception in 1986. It is not an art historical exegiesis, but the celebration of a phenomenon. . . . This is a handsome book, with excellent photographic plates."?Brian McAvera, Sculpture