Sculpture’s Phantoms in the Public Sphere

Antoine-Denis Chaudet, The Vendôme Column (a 19th-century stereo souvenir showing the column’s base after its demolition in 1871 by the Commune of Paris). Contemporary debates over the nature of public art are often haunted by a romantic fascination with an imagined past of social cohesion founded in part on a population’s univocal approval of its

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