Globalization and the Contemporary Art World
- Variation in uses of the term "culture" in the globalization
- Reminder of the way discourses construct objects of knowledge,
objects that do not pre-exist the discourses which form them.
- Internationalization and/vs. globalization in the contemporary art
- What is happening in the trend toward internationalizing the art world?
- Art and the International Art Fair (Biennials, the art market,
and large commercial art fairs)
- International professionalization of the art world: curators,
dealers, auction house specialists all part of international network
- Art now requires an internationally networked market of galleries,
collectors, museum donors
- Do the centers of artworld prestige, influence, and power map onto
the "world cities" cluster?
- Major city concentrations and power centers: following resource
concentration and cultural economy of cities
- Does art follow the same concentrations of capital? Are there
discontinuities and disruptions? Plurality of voices, local voices?
- Artworld is now professionalized internationally, but is this the
same as, or a reflex of, globalization?
- Distinction between culture and art: world of multiple cultures,
but the artworld provides the criteria for defining art.
- Crisis in artworld cultural categories: many cultural artifacts
now compete to be including in category of "fine art"
(e.g., Quilts from Gee's Bend)
- The Art Biennial: emergence of international criteria for the arts?
- Art Biennial as a space for artistic legitimization
- The role of Biennial curators: the reign of the curator-auteurs.
- The impact of the Biennial on local culture and host cities
- Case study: Julie
Mehretu, an "international" artist with critical and commercial
success. Works at ArtBasel/Miami (a painting sold for $80,000). Walker
Art Center traveling exhibition. Smithsonian African Museum exhibition.
- A artist with multiple identity roots, using hybrid art media
forms, combined into her own vision for the possibility of painting
and drawing today.
- Working with personal and historical narratives; art and collective
and personal ethnography.
- Trends toward allegory and story-telling in recent art
- Awareness of past moments in abstract and representational art,
recombining them in new context that invokes history, memory, personal
- Working with and between abstraction and representation
- Working with layers and layering process: that works record their
own making, a map of the layers of lived reality in the globalized
- Hybrid art for a world that's always already hybrid