High art down home : an economic ethnography of a local art market

Stuart Plattner

How do artists, collectors, dealers, and curators whose lives and livelihoods are so intimately affected by the valuation of art manage to cope with such an intangible market?To answer this question, Stuart Plattner eschews the spotlights and media-hype of glitzy New York galleries, and focuses instead upon the more localized, and much more typical, world of the St. Louis art scene. What emerges is the most comprehensive description ever published of a contemporary regional avant-garde center, where noble aesthetic ambitions compete with the exigencies of economic survival. Plattner's skillful use of in-depth interviews enables the market's key participants to speak for themselves, giving voice to the many frustrations and rewards, motivations and constraints that influence their interactions with their work, the market, and each other."Plattner analyzes the social and economic factors that govern art markets outside the long shadow cast by chic New York galleries. An insightful and fascinating work."-- "Library Journal" "Explains much about the conundrums and paradoxes of the art world as a whole."--Eddie Silva, "Riverfront Times"

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There is, perhaps, no market commodity in the world whose value is so elusive as a work of art. The costs of production, materials, and labour have nothing to do with fixing its price. A piece of art's economic worth depends upon an extraordinarily arbitrary and ephemeral array of social and cultural factors. How, then, do the many artists, collectors, dealers, and curators whose lives and livelihoods are so intimately affected by the valuation of art manage to cope with such an intangible market? To attempt to answer this question, Stuart Plattner eschews the spotlights and media-hype of glitzy New York galleries, and focuses instead upon the more localized, and much more typical, world of the St. Louis art scene. The text that emerges is a comprehensive description of a contemporary regional avant-garde centre, where aesthetic ambitions compete with the exigencies of economic survival. The author interviews market participants, giving voice to the many frustrations and rewards, motivations and constraints that influence their interactions with their work, the market and each other.

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  • List of Illustrations Preface 1: Introduction 2: The Rise of the Modern Art Market 3: The St. Louis Metropolitan Area 4: Artists 5: Dealers 6: Collectors 7: Conclusion App. 1: Glossary of Art Speech App. 2: A Note on Art and Craft App. 3: Art as Investment App. 4: The Influence of the Japanese on Auction Prices App. 5: Statistical Comparisons among the Largest Metropolitan Areas App. 6: Art in America and Local Gallery Guide Listings App. 7: Secondary Skills Necessary for a Professional Artist App. 8: Gender and Teaching Positions Notes References Index

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書名 High art down home : an economic ethnography of a local art market
著作者等 Plattner, Stuart
出版元 University of Chicago Press
刊行年月 c1996
版表示 2
ページ数 xiii, 250 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0226670848
0226670821
NCID BA30509882
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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