The Eclipse of Art?

Continuing on the theme of the construction and sociology of the art world, this blog post references Julian Spalding's interesting read 'The Eclipse of Art: Tackling the Crisis in Art Today.' This post is somewhat a summary of Spalding's main thoughts, which cover the descent of art in the modern era. In the book, he … Continue reading The Eclipse of Art?

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Reputation and the Art World

The next post in my PhD series continues on the theme of the art world as a system, and, more specifically, Becker’s book Art Worlds. This post will focus on the notion of reputation in the art world – how it’s gained, what it means for artists who do gain a ‘reputation,’ and how the … Continue reading Reputation and the Art World

The ‘Integrated Professional’ and the ‘Naive Artist’

My previous PhD research-inspired post, ‘The Cycle of Cultural Consumption’, focused mainly on what sort of culture audiences ‘consume’ and why. It looked at Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of habitus, and how our social and educational background is the biggest influencing factor when it comes to the culture that is available – and interesting – to … Continue reading The ‘Integrated Professional’ and the ‘Naive Artist’

Book Review: Artaud the Moma by Jacques Derrida

In this extended post, writer Nick Moss reviews Jacques Derrida: Artaud the Moma (Columbia University Press, 2017). Moss critically examines Derrida's writings about what it means for an artist - and subsequently their work - to exhibit in various institutions.  Jacques Derrida engaged repeatedly with the work of Antonin Artaud throughout his life. His best … Continue reading Book Review: Artaud the Moma by Jacques Derrida

In Focus: The Question of Outsider Art

Over the past six months or so, I have been contributing to a project by PhD student Marion Scherr. Marion initially got in touch because she is currently completing her PhD thesis at the University of Oldenburg, Germany (School of Linguistics and Cultural Studies), focusing on the personal experiences, opinions and thoughts of artists who have been labelled … Continue reading In Focus: The Question of Outsider Art