High Art down Home An Economic Ethnography of a Local Art Market

ISBN-10: 0226670848
ISBN-13: 9780226670843
Edition: 1996
Authors: Stuart Plattner
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/25/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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

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

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