By Kevin F. McCarthy

ISBN-10: 0833037935

ISBN-13: 9780833037930

Supplying information regarding advancements within the visible arts international, this ebook promotes and research of the field, describing the features of visible arts shoppers, artists, funds, and association.

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Admissions to museums, while rising in recent years, are still substantially lower than tickets to the ballet, opera, or theatre. Only rarely will museum admissions cost more than $15 or $20 for a special exhibit, and many museums still offer free admission or unlimited free admission with membership. 15 ____________ 15 This pattern may be changing as museums, faced with increasing costs, have begun to charge admission fees not only for special exhibits but also for general admission. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, for example, has instituted a $20 general admission fee for its recently remodeled building.

Weil (2002a, p. ” The net effect of this emphasis on aesthetic purity was that the art museum began to increasingly be viewed as a palace of high culture (as opposed to popular culture) and to be associated with the elite, both as visitors and as patrons. 2 ____________ 2 Indeed, Weil notes that about the same time, the boards of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts (as well as those of other museums) began to shift from representatives of “old families,” landed gentry, and professional men to representatives of great wealth.

The elite market is connected with the prevailing aesthetic dialogue, in which the art world’s validators—critics, curators, and certain dealers and collectors—play a role. It is elite insofar as it is much narrower than the general arts market. However, we also acknowledge, as Bourdieu and others have noted, that there are also significant differences in art appreciation and art purchasing patterns among different socioeconomic groups. Bourdieu, 1984; see also DiMaggio, 1986. 11 Indeed, for the vast majority of Americans who are involved in any way with the visual arts, it seems fair to say that this involvement entails occasionally attending a museum or art fair and, perhaps, watching a television program about the visual arts.

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