CONF : Art & Market : Alienation or Emancipation? St.Gallen, November 17-18, 2016

unistgallenInternational congress organised by the Research committee Sociology of Arts and Culture (RC-SAC) of the Swiss Sociological Association (SGS) and the Institute of Sociology of the University of St.Gallen (SfS-UNISG), Switzerland

The market plays an ambivalent role in the sociological analysis of art. Some authors suggest it implies commodification or even bondage of art. From this point of view, the accursed artist – who continues to create pieces of art even if he is not selling them – may become an epitome of authentic creation.

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