Written for both scholars and students, and professional artists and those working in art and culture. A tool for research and further debate.
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.
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Table of contents (7 chapters)
About this book
Is art for everybody? Why do art lovers attach so much value to authenticity, autonomy and authorship? Why did the arts become so serious in the first place? Why do many artists reject commerce and cultural entrepreneurship? Crucially, are any of the answers to these questions currently changing? Hans Abbing is uniquely placed to answer such questions, and, drawing on his experiences as an economist and sociologist as well as a professional artist, in this volume he addresses them head on.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.
- Art World
- Art ethos
- Cultural politics
- Labour movement
- Economic value
- Commercial culture
“It is striking how much data Abbing has covered and examined in this book dedicated to the changes in the social and economic relations in the world of serious art. This is why I think this book is a goldmine for a researcher interested in the dynamic creative and commercial circumstances in which serious art was put after its dominance has gradually diminished throughout the 20th century.” (Dušan Milenković, Popular Inquiry, Vol. 2, 2021)
“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)
Authors and Affiliations
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
About the author
Hans Abbing is a visual artist and economist. He is also Emeritus Professor in Art Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and teaches MA Cultural Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His bestselling book Why are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts (2002) has been translated into several languages and continues to be used in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses worldwide.
Book Title: The Changing Social Economy of Art
Book Subtitle: Are the Arts Becoming Less Exclusive?
Authors: Hans Abbing
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-21667-2Published: 19 September 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-21668-9Published: 14 September 2019
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: V, 257
Topics: Economics, Cultural Economics, Public Economics, Cultural Studies, Cultural Resource Management, Entrepreneurship