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Who Runs the Artworld
Who Runs the Artworld

Who Runs the Artworld

Money, Power and Ethics

Edited by Brad Buckley, Edited by John Conomos


272 Pages, 9 x 6

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $33.99 (US $33.99) (CA $45.99)

Publication Date: January 2018

ISBN 9781911450139

Rights: WOR

Libri Publishing (Jan 2018)


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Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics examines, using transdisciplinary strategies, the economics and mythologies of today's global artworld. It unmasks the complex web of relationships that now exist between, high profile curators, collectors, museum trustees and corporate sponsors, and the historic and ongoing complicity between the art and money markets. It also examines alternative models being deployed by curators and artists influenced by the 2008 global financial crisis and the international socio-political Occupy movement. With a particular focus on a renewed activism by artists, coupled with an institutional and social critique led by groups such as Liberate Tate, the Precarious Workers Brigade and Strike Debt. Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics is one of the first books that brings together a diverse range of thinkers. Who draw on the disciplines of art theory, social sciences and cultural economics, and curatorship and the lived experience of artists. The contributors to this book, are in their respective contexts, working at the forefront of these compelling issues.


In this extremely concise and thorough volume, the mechanisms and politics of the art world are unravelled and elucidated to provide real clarity and a timely critique of a world which is at best opaque and at worst becoming a mirror of the global financial systems of capitalism. Dr Michael Mazière, Reader in Film and Video Curator of Ambika P3 and London Gallery West University of Westminster Who Runs the Artworld explores the "enduring question of the dynamic and complex connections between money, power and ethics." It does this by engaging with multiple transdisciplinary perspectives related to this question, in a highly thoughtful and critical manner. Bill Seaman is a professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. He co-heads The Emergence Lab, Media Arts + Sciences. We are inured to the idea that art enriches and empowers: Who Runs the Artworld unpacks the metaphors coiled inside those terms. Who gets rich? Who gets power? Is art the perfect market where genius always attracts more dollars than talent? Is the artworld an elastic space created in factional struggles for new and revived trends, where reputation is measured in the making and breaking of careers? What are the ethical implications of the answers to these questions for the survival of art and the societies it expresses? A stellar list of contributors respond to the editors' call for an ethical investigation of a corrupt and corrupting regime undercutting the transformational capabilities of art. Professor Sean Cubitt, Goldsmiths, University of London Sean Cubitt co-Head of Department of Media and Communications Goldsmiths, University of London New Cross, London SE14 6NW How does the artworld function in a globalised world ruled by populism and neoliberal economics? Who controls the money? Who exercises power? This timely book brings together a series of essays by first-class writers on a range of aspects of the money/power/ethics troika that characterises the artworld today. The book will inform, provoke, and entertain, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the role of art in contemporary society. David Throsby, Professor of Economics, Macquarie University

Author Biography

Brad Buckley is an artist, urbanist, activist and is a Professorial Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, the University of Melbourne. He was previously Professor of Contemporary Art and Culture at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney. He was educated at St Martin's School of Art, London, and the Rhode Island School of Design. His research, which operates at the intersection of installation, theatre and performance, investigates questions of cultural control, democracy, freedom and social responsibility. His work has been exhibited globally for over three decades. He is also editing (with Conomos) A Companion to Curation, which will be published by Wiley Blackwell in 2018. John Conomos is an Associate Professor and Honorary Principal Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, the University of Melbourne. He is an artist, critic and writer whose videotapes and installations have been extensively shown throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and the Americas. In recent years, this has included showing at the Tate Modern and Furtherfield Gallery in London. He is a prolific contributor to art, film and media journals, conferences, and symposia. In 1998, his videotape Autumn Song won an award of merit at Berlin's Transmediale Video Festival. In 2000, he was awarded a Fellowship in New Media by the Australian Council for the Arts.

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