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Art in Museums

Series: New Research in Museum Studies Volume: 5

Edited By: Susan Pierce

Athlone Press

Hardback | Dec 2000 | #96913 | ISBN: 048590005X
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Displaying art in museum galleries is more complex than it used to be. This book aims to canvass past and contemporary problems of cultural representation and of the relationship between the artist, the museum and society. It aims to explore issues relating to audiences for art, and the role of galleries in these and other debates. Topics discussed include: display, cultural representation, the artist and society, museums and the art market.


Part 1 The Chantrey episode: art classification, museums and the state circa 1870-1920; the origins of the early picture gallery catalogue in Europe, and its application in Victorian Britain; the devaluation of "cultural capital" - postmodern democracy and the art blockbuster; the collection despite Barnes - from private preserve to blockbuster; the public interest in the art museums' public; audiences - a curatorial dilemma; extending the frame - forging a new partnership with the public; revolutionary "vandalism" and the birth of the museum; Rome, the archetypal museum, and the Louvre, the negation of division; the historicality of art - Royal Academy (1780-1836) and Courtauld Institute Galleries (1990 - ...) at Somerset House. Part 2 Reviews edited by Eilean Hooper-Greenhill: "He shoots! ... he scores!" - Toronto's new Hockney Hall of Fame is a winner; St Mungo's Museum of Religious Art and Life; from Petrarch to Huizinga - the visual arts as an historical source; report on the conference "To the genealogy of the museum", Nationalmuseet Copenhagen, 23-25 September 1993.

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