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Different Worlds : A Sociological Study of Taste, Choice and Success in Art - Liah Greenfeld

Different Worlds

A Sociological Study of Taste, Choice and Success in Art

Hardcover Published: 27th January 1989
ISBN: 9780521360647
Number Of Pages: 216

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Using a wealth of data collected in Israel, this study depicts a complete system in which art is created and evaluated--the scale of Israeli society allowing for a comprehensive and detailed description of all the agents involved in the production and consumption of modern art. The author analyzes the patterns of social relations and behavior created around two art worlds--the world of abstract avant-garde art and the world of traditional figurative painting. She argues that the two worlds differ radically both in terms of the factors that affect the formation of taste, the process of evaluation and the patterns of success in them and in the ways in which these factors exert their influence.

"In sum, Greenfeld has written a well-documented and nicely argued book that will certainly be of interest to those in the sociology of art and should also be read by those in related areas. Its argument extends beyond the book's focus, and it merits a look by a broad audience." American Journal of Sociology

Introduction
Historical background
The population of painters and the split into subsystems
Patterns of success
The 'gatekeepers' - critics
The 'gatekeepers' - curators
The 'gatekeepers' - gallery owners
The artists - attitudes of conceptualists and lyrical abstractionists
The artists - attitudes of figurative painters
The publics
Conclusion
Appendices
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521360647
ISBN-10: 0521360641
Series: American Sociological Association Rose Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 27th January 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.49