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Site-specific art

This term connotes any art that is commissioned to exist in a certain location, in private spaces of a collector’s home, public spaces like parks and streets and in institutional spaces like museums and galleries, as permanent structures or as a temporary one. The artist keeps in mind the desired location where the artwork will eventually be situated, which mostly could include installation art. This term first emerged in the late 1960s and was used throughout 1970 and 1980s as a reaction to commodification of art. In recent years, site-specific art is increasingly being commissioned at venues of art fairs and biennials.  

Land art is also referred to a form of site-specific art.

Further Reading

One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity by Miwon Kwon

Art and Place, Site-specific Art of the Americas (published by Phaidon)


Imran Qureshi, And How Many Rains Must Fall before the Stains Are Washed Clean, 2013, acrylic, Commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York for The Iris And B, Gerald Cantor Roof Garden