The Artist As Economist: Art And Capitalism In The 1960s

bySophie CrasTranslated byMalcolm DeBevoiseForeword byCécile Whiting

November 12, 2019|
The Artist As Economist: Art And Capitalism In The 1960s by Sophie Cras
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This timely and original study transforms our understanding of the relationship between art and economics

Bearing witness to the changing economic landscape amid the Cold War, artists in the 1960s created works that critiqued, reshaped, and sometimes reinforced the spirit of capitalism. At a time when currency and finance were becoming ever more abstracted—and the art market increasingly an arena for speculation—artists on both sides of the Atlantic turned to economic themes, often grounded in a human context. The Artist as Economist examines artists who approached these issues in critical, imaginative, and humorous ways: Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers incorporated the iconography of printed currency into their paintings, while Ray Johnson sought to disrupt and reinvent circuits of commerce with his mail art collages. Yves Klein and Edward Kienholz critiqued conceptions of artistic and monetary value, as Lee Lozano and Dennis Oppenheim engaged directly with the New York Stock Exchange. Such examples, which author Sophie Cras insightfully situates within their historic economic context, reveal capitalism’s visual dimension. As art and economics grow more entangled, this volume offers a timely consideration of art’s capacity to reflect on and reimagine economic systems.
Title:The Artist As Economist: Art And Capitalism In The 1960sFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:248 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:248 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2019Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300232705

ISBN - 13:9780300232707

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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