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- DescriptionThe sway of transnational markets over all aspects of contemporary culture has transformed the environment of recent art, blurring the previously discrete realms of price and value, capital and creativity. Artists in turn have responded, t only critically but imaginatively, to the many issues this raises, such as the treatment of artworks as analogous to capital goods, the assertion that art's value is best measured by the market, or the tion that art and money share an internal logic. Critical artists have investigated the market's pressures on creative democracy, its ubiquity, vulgarity and fetishizing force, while others have embraced the creative possibilities it offers. And for a decade curators and theorists have speculated on the implications of this new symbiosis between art and money, cultural and ecomic value.Drawing on a wide range of interdisciplinary sources, in dialogue with artists' writings, this anthology traces the historic origins of these debates in different versions of modernism and surveys the relationship between art, value and price; the evolution and influence of patronage; the actors and institutions of the art market; and the diversity of artistic practices that either criticize or embrace the conditions of the contemporary market.
- Author BiographyNatasha Degen is Programme Director of the Art Markets Module at Cass Business School, City University, London, and a former lecturer at Sotheby's Institute of Art. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, frieze, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Nation and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.
- PublisherWhitechapel Gallery
- Date of Publication16/09/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleDocuments of Contemporary Art
- Series Part/Volume Number27
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintWhitechapel Art Gallery
- Weight563 g
- Width145 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Edited byNatasha Degen
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