The Changing Social Economy of Art - Are the Arts Becoming Less Exclusive?
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In order to investigate changes in the social economy of the arts, Abbing compares developments in the established arts with those in the popular arts and proceeds to outline key ways that the former can learn from the latter; by lowering the cost of production, fostering innovation, and becoming less exclusive. These assertions are contextualized with analysis of the separation between serious art and entertainment in the nineteenth century, lending credence to the idea that government-supported art worlds have promoted the exclusion of various social groups. Abbing outlines how this is presently changing and why, while the established arts have become less exclusive, they are not yet for everybody.
Chapter 1: Preface.- Chapter 2: The Triumph of Serious Art.- Chapter 3: Authentic Art and Artists.- Chapter 4: Exclusion.-Chapter 5: Distrust of Commerce and Commercialism.- Chapter 6: Sharing Art.- Chapter 7: Conclusion.
Generates criticism and opposing opinions from both academics and practitioners.
Uses an artist alter-ego interspersed throughout the text to illustrate arguments and let readers think of own encounters with art and artists.
"This is presented in a kind of textbook form. It is aimed at students and others who want to learn, has lots of summary-like headings throughout, with breakout-sections, 'asides' and QR links to a webpage where more 'data' can be found." (Justin O'Connor, Journal of Cultural Economics, Vol. 45, 2021)