Martha Buskirk Book Launch

April 17, 2012

Marking the launch of her book Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum & Marketplace, Prof. Martha Buskirk will be discussing the double-edged affair that is the increased popularity of contemporary art.

Martha Buskirk Artist Talk

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 – 9 pm
Montserrat’s classroom in the Oddfellows Building on Cabot Street.

>>Click here to pre-order the book!

Buskirk’s review of Sherrie Levine’s exhibition Mayhem, at the Whitney Museum in New York, was also published in the March 2012 issue of Artforum, available at our Paul M. Scott Library!

Today, an unprecedented number of museums, galleries, biennial-style exhibitions, and art fairs display new work in all its variety, while art schools continue to inject freshly polished talent onto the scene at an accelerated rate. In the process, contemporary art has become deeply embedded not only in an expanding art industry, but also the larger cultures of fashion and entertainment.

Buskirk argues that understanding the dynamics of art itself cannot be separated from the business of presenting art to the public. As strategies of institutional critique have given way to various forms of collaboration or accommodation, both art and museum conventions have been profoundly altered by their ongoing relationship. Even as art remains an idealized activity, it is also understood as a profession, and in increasingly obvious ways a business, particularly as practiced by star artists who preside over branded art product lines.


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