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Sociology of the Arts

Art and the Challenge of Markets Volume 2

From Commodification of Art to Artistic Critiques of Capitalism

Editors: Alexander, V., Hägg, S., Häyrynen, S., Sevänen, E. (Eds.)

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  • Draws on empirical materials to offer a theoretical approach to appraise the art world within a market-based, neo-liberal societal context
  • Identifies the continued need to study the question of art’s deeper responsibility to society, outside of its economic worth
  • Covers issues including culturalization of the economy, aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, and the societal benefits of works of art
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About this book

Art and the Challenge of Markets Volumes 1 & 2 examine the politics of art and culture in light of the profound changes that have taken place in the world order since the 1980s and 1990s. The contributors explore how in these two decades, the neoliberal or market-based model of capitalism started to spread from the economic realm to other areas of society. As a result, many aspects of contemporary Western societies increasingly function in the same way as the private enterprise sector under traditional market capitalism.

This second volume analyses the relationships of art with contemporary capitalist economies and instrumentalist cultural policies, and examines several varieties of capitalist-critical and alternative art forms that exist in today’s art worlds. It also addresses the vexed issues of art controversies and censorship. The chapters cover issues such as the culturalization of the economy, aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, the societal benefits of works of art, art's responsibility to society, "artivism", activist arts as protest and capitalism-critical works, and controversies over nudity in art, as well as considering the marketisation of emerging visual arts worlds in East Asia. The book ends with the a concluding chapter suggesting that even in today's marketized and commercialized environments, art will find a way.

Both volumes provide students and scholars across a range of disciplines with an incisive, comparative overview of the politics of art and culture and national, international and transnational art worlds in contemporary capitalism.

About the authors

Victoria D. Alexander is Senior Lecturer, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Samuli Hägg is Lecturer, Finnish and Literature, University of Eastern Finland.

Simo Häyrynen is Adjunct Professor of Cultural Policy, University of Eastern Finland.

Erkki Sevänen is Professor of Literature, University of Eastern Finland and Adjunct Professor of Aesthetics, University of Helsinki, Finland.

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“This anthology starts by observing the increasing role of markets in art, and the clear imbalance of power that results. As markets are in constant flux, oscillating between structuring and deregulation, it is by no means easy to describe and analyse their dynamics and ambiguous developments. The authors took on this challenge and delivered a rich and critical analysis – not only of the process of marketization in the context of neoliberal cultural policies (vol. 1), but also of the contemporary art’s potential to enhance a democratic civil life which improves people’s well-being (vol. 2). So to quote Georg Christoph Lichtenberg: “Let him who has two pairs of trousers turn one of them into cash and purchase this book!” (Tasos Zembylas, Professor for Cultural Institution Studies, Department for Music Sociology, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Capitalist Economy as a Precondition and Restraint of Modern and Contemporary Art Worlds

    Sevänen, Erkki

    Pages 3-33

  • Culturalization of the Economy and the Artistic Qualities of Contemporary Capitalism

    Venäläinen, Juhana

    Pages 37-64

  • Neoliberal Marketization of Global Contemporary Visual Art Worlds: Changes in Valuations and the Scope of Local and Global Markets

    Lee, Kangsan

    Pages 65-97

  • Art, Capitalist Markets, and Society: Insights and Reflections on Contemporary Art

    Riccioni, Ilaria

    Pages 99-116

  • Art as a Means to Produce Social Benefits and Social Innovations

    Niziołek, Katarzyna

    Pages 117-143

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eBook 91,62 €
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Hardcover 114,39 €
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Softcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-87842-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Art and the Challenge of Markets Volume 2
Book Subtitle
From Commodification of Art to Artistic Critiques of Capitalism
Editors
  • Victoria Alexander
  • Samuli Hägg
  • Simo Häyrynen
  • Erkki Sevänen
Series Title
Sociology of the Arts
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64644-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64644-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64643-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87842-3
Series ISSN
2569-1414
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 328
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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