How much do you know about site-specific art?



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What is site-specific art?

Who promoted and refined the term 'site-specific art'?

When was the term 'site-specific art' first used?

What did site-specific art emerge out of?

What was the main characteristic of Modernist art objects?

What did site-specific art draw attention to?

What can site-specific art include?

What resulted in the removal of Tilted Arc (1981)?

What is an example of site-specific art in Geneva, Switzerland?


Site-Specific Art: Artwork Created for a Certain Place

  • Site-specific art is artwork created to exist in a certain place, taking the location into account while planning and creating the artwork.
  • The term "site-specific art" was promoted and refined by Californian artist Robert Irwin, but it was first used in the mid-1970s by young sculptors like Patricia Johanson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Athena Tacha.
  • Site-specific art emerged out of minimalism, opposing the Modernist program of subtracting from the artwork all cues that interfere with the fact that it is "art".
  • Modernist art objects were transportable, nomadic, could only exist in the museum space, and were the objects of the market and commodification.
  • Site-specific art emerged as a way out of this situation and thus drew attention to the site and the context around it.
  • Works of art began to emerge from the walls of the museum and galleries and were created specifically for the museum and galleries, thus criticizing the museum as an institution that sets the rules for artists and viewers.
  • Site-specific art can include sculpture, stencil graffiti, rock balancing, and other art forms in urban areas, remote natural settings, or underwater.
  • The public debate over Tilted Arc (1981) resulted in its removal in 1989, which can be considered a definition of site-specific art: "To move the work is to destroy the work."
  • Outdoor site-specific artworks often include landscaping combined with permanently sited sculptural elements and can also include dance performances created especially for the site.
  • The Neon Parallax project in Geneva, Switzerland, is conceived specifically for the Plaine de Plainpalais, a public square, and consists of commissioning luminous artistic works for the rooftops of the buildings bordering the plaza.
  • Site-specific performance art, site-specific visual art, and interventions are commissioned for the annual Infecting the City Festival in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • In this sense, a building with interesting architecture could also be considered a piece of site-specific art.


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