Sociological Problems Regarding Construction of the Artistic Value

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 14 (Juridicum)
RC37 Sociology of Arts (host committee)

Language: English, French and Spanish

The classical perspective about the economy of the symbolic goods suggests that within it interact two logics not always peaceful between each other. On the one hand, for itstheir own legitimization, artists look for a kind of recognition, preferably by their peers, and not firstly for their economical success. The circulation of the works, that influences on that symbolic value and at the same time takes it for granted, in a way, has to do, however, with the possibility of entering a market of art. 
The search for the first kind of value implies most of the time a lack of interest over an immediate economic monetary retribution, and therefore, finds itself in conflict with the own circulation of the work. Starting of this problematic base, we propose the following axis of discussion around the formation of not only the economic value of work, but the symbolic one as well.

  • Production: Commercial art and avant-garde art; types of artistic strategies; social types of artists; trajectories and artistic ethos; adaptations and ruptures; ways of recognition and consecrating instances. 
  • Circulation: the local and international field; centers and peripheries within the international circuit of art; public policies; individual challenges. 
  • Commercialization: public and private collectionism; types of collectors; types of collections; the short and long term and its effect on the value.
Session Organizer:
Mariana Eva CERVINO, Universidad de Buenos Aires- Conicet, Argentina
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Jan MARONTATE, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Canada
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Michael HUTTER, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), Germany
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Adam HAVAS, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
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