San Francisco: Arts for the City.
San Francisco: Arts for the City
PO Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709
9781597142069, $45.00, www.heydaybooks.com
San Francisco: Arts for the City, Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012 is a 'must' for any definitive San Francisco history and arts collection and provides a survey of the evolution of public art in the city, which began with the 1934 opening of San Francisco's Coit Tower, one of the San Francisco Arts Commission's first projects. This opening heralded some eighty years of public art in the city which ranged from sculptures and music venues to dance festivals and poetry performances. Images taken by modern photographers and artwork from the city's Civic Art Collection provide powerful and full-page colorful accompaniment to the history of the growth of San Francisco's arts. No San Francisco history collection should be without this--and many a general regional art or urban history collection will find it a welcome addition as well.