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The artist in the modern world : the conflict between market and self-expression
Bätschmann, Oskar, 1943-
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Ausstellungskunstler. English
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New Haven, Conn : Yale University Press, [1997]

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336 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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N71 .B36513 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In his examination of 250 years of art history, the author explores the reciprocal relations between the production of art and its exhibition before the public. He investigates the history of the modern artist, whose connections with the exhibition of art in institutional settings--beginning in the 18th century--profoundly changed the definition of art and the artist's view of himself. 120 illustrations.

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In his conclusion, B"atschmann states that the design of experience renews the power of art, but it again raises the question of the freedom of the viewer and the status of the artist. These problems are unresolved, and the task must be returned to the artists. The author insists on the numerous challenges, which can range from the sensual perception to reflection for the beholders. The book's six comprehensive chapters are interspersed with 158 black-and-white illustrations dating from 1753-1991. The conflict between market and self-expression is an overwhelming pursuit, and the author discusses it with erudition and seriousness. B"atschmann addresses such issues as exhibitions, public patronage, nostalgic visions of the artist, the cult of the tragic artist, death, suicide, and even apotheoses. There is much more, and space permits the mention of only a few artists, e.g., West, Copley, David, Fuseli, Gericault, van Gogh, Munch, Duchamp, Picasso, Rauschenberg, Acconci. Finally, the most symbolic is the hardcover color "design" by Bruce Neuman, which is a spiral that reads "The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths." Extensive notes; 42 pages of bibliography. Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates; faculty; professionals. I. Spalatin; Texas A&M University-Commerce