Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection, University of California, San Diego
Hardcover, 282 pp, 250 in color, 2001.
In 1981, The Stuart Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to funding experimental public sculpture, and the University of California, San Diego formed an extraordinary partnership to create a major public, site-specific sculpture collection with works throughout the campus. This collection has played an important role in the arena of public art. Instead of asking artists to create an object, without reference to the site, they ask that each artist explore the campus carefully, and create a site-specific piece that could be integrated into the beautifully landscaped, 1,200-acre UCSD campus in La Jolla. The collection now includes 20 works by some of the most important contemporary artists, including William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Kiki Smith, Robert Irwin, Do Ho Suh and Mark Bradford, among others.
The catalogue features an essay from an interview with the collection’s founding director, Mary Beebe; an essay on the importance of the collection by Rob Storr; and in-depth interviews with the 20 artists featured in the collection and two artists whose work is underway.