Hi Glenn,

It is an interesting thought experiment, but it is hard to see that figurative public art ever went away.

Figurative public artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, John Ahearn, Jonathan Borofsky, Robert Graham, Tom Otterness, Michael Stutz, Lei Yixin (DC's Dr. King statue) all come to mind. Yes, two have passed in the last decade, but were creating commissioned figurative sculptures to the end.

The very fine artists you cite create figurative monuments addressing race and culture, as do Ahern and Lei. What is so exciting about the newer work is that our institutions are commissioning public art with political content.  Onward!

Helen Lessick


On Mon, 30 Sep 2019 at 05:09, Glenn Weiss <glenn@culturalcouncil.org> wrote:
With new figurative public art by Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Hank Willis Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, etc....are African American and African artists leading the way to a figurative art revival in public art?  

Glenn Weiss
Director, Public Art Program
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
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