Whitechapel Series: The Market | Author: Natasha Degen
Transnational markets hold sway over all aspects of contemporary culture, and that has transformed the environment of recent art, blurring the previously discrete realms of price and value, capital and creativity. Artists have responded not only critically but imaginatively to the many issues this raises, including the treatment of artworks as analogous to capital goods, the assertion that art's value is best measured by the market, and the notion that art and money share an internal logic. Some artists have investigated the market's pressures on creative democracy, its ubiquity, vulgarity, and fetishizing force, while others have embraced the creative possibilities the market offers. And for a decade curators and theorists have speculated on the implications of this new symbiosis between art and money, cultural and economic 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 relationships among 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.
Biographic: Audrey | Author: Sophie Collins
Most people know that Audrey Hepburn (1929 1993) was a Hollywood movie star and world famous fashion icon. What, perhaps, they don't know is that she is one of a...
Biographic: Kahlo | Author: Sophie Collins
Many people know that Frida Kahlo (1907 54) was a Mexican artist, a feminist icon who lived in the famous Blue House and whose work includes 'The Two Fridas'. What,...
Landscapes: John Berger on Art | Author: John Berger
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In this brilliant collection of diverse works essays, short stories, poems, translations which spans a lifetime 's engagement with art, John Berger reveals how he came to his own unique...