Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 3–28 | Cite as

Artist-run galleries—A contemporary institutional change in the visual arts

  • Batia Sharon


This paper focuses on the contemporary phenomenon of artists who, because of institutional changes in the social organization of the visual arts, become their own gatekeepers by running their own galleries, managing their own exposure and re-establishing direct contact with their audiences and communities. The author contends that the ways in which artists have pursued and organized their own galleries shed light on both the functioning of the established social organization of art and the circumstances that bring about its change. The paper explores the organization, operations and viability of visual artist-managed galleries in the San Francisco and Santa Cruz areas of California as an alternative to the established organization of the art market.


Social Organization Social Psychology Direct Contact Social Issue Institutional Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Batia Sharon
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta Cruz

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