Art and Value is the first comprehensive analysis of art's political ecomy throughout classical, neoclassical and Marxist ecomics. It provides a critical-historical survey of the theories of art's ecomic exceptionalism, of art as a merit good, and of the theories of art's commodification, the culture industry and real subsumption. Key debates on the ecomics of art are examined in detail. Subjecting mainstream and Marxist theories of art's ecomics to an exacting critique, Art and Value concludes with a new Marxist theory of art's ecomic exceptionalism.
Dave Beech is an artist in the collective Freee and teaches Art at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University. His work has been exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial (2010) and the Istanbul Biennial (2013). He has co-authored The Philistine Controversy (Verso, 2002), edited Beauty (MIT/Whitechapel, 2009), contributed essays to Locating the Producers (Valiz, 2011), and Curating and the Educational Turn (Open Editions, 2010).