Martha Buskirk

Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series 2013

June 28, 2013

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies presents a public lecture June 27th

Martha Buskirk is Professor of art history and criticism at Montserrat College of Art. She is author of The Contingent Object of Contemporary Art (MIT Press, 2003) as well as co-editor of The Duchamp Effect (MIT Press, 1996) and The Destruction of Tilted Arc: Documents (MIT Press, 1990). Her new book, Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museum and Marketplace, was published by Continuum in April 2012.

In the face of unparalleled growth and a truly global audience, the popularity of contemporary art has clearly become a double-edged affair. Today, an unprecedented number of museums, galleries, biennial-style exhibitions, and art fairs display new work in all its variety, while art schools continue to inject fresh talent onto the scene at an accelerated rate. In the process, however, contemporary art has become deeply embedded not only in an expanding art industry, but also the larger cultures of fashion and entertainment.

Buskirk argues that understanding the dynamics of art itself cannot be separated from the business of presenting art to the public. As strategies of institutional critique have given way to various forms of collaboration or accommodation, both art and museum conventions have been profoundly altered by their ongoing relationship. The escalating market for contemporary art is another driving force. Even as art remains an idealized activity, it is also understood as a profession, and in increasingly obvious ways a business, particularly as practiced by star artists who preside over branded art product lines

Public talk here: http://vimeo.com/43064675

Contingent Object of Contemporary Art: http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/contingent-object-contemporary-art

Creative Enterprise: http://www.bloomsbury.com/us/creative-enterprise-9781441133397/

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