Please read all the articles and write a roughly 300-word short review for each one of the article. Each review should answer some questions:
A1: According to Braddock, how have collectors like Alfred Barnes often been understood in psychoanalytic terms? Who are some of the authors and theories he cites discussing the psychology of collecting? How do the terms generally applied to collecting strike you? What other ways might a collector or a collection be understood?
A2: How did Fang Shih-shu become a painter?
Why did his paintings appeal to Yangchow patrons? How did he relate to his patrons?
What are some of the cultural differences between Fang’s career as an artist in 18th c Yangchow and the career of an artist working now?
What questions about painting in early modern China does this reading raise for you?
A3: According to Grebe, what were the various kinds of markets for Durer’s artworks during his lifetime?
What criteria affected the pricing of his artworks during his lifetime?
What criteria affected the pricing of his artworks after his lifetime?
Contrast the reasons for the pricing of two different Durer artworks:
A4: What are some of the economic concerns that Ekpenyong Bassey Nsa considers in the making of his art in Calabar?
How are the artistic and economic concerns of a contemporary tradition-based artist in Calabar, Nigeria, different or similar to a contemporary artist working in a similar major urban center in the US?
From a market perspective, what are the differences between contemporary “tradition-based” art and the kind of contemporary art we might consider “global”?
A5: Under what conditions was the Times-Sotheby’s Index created?
What method did Geraldine Norman use to create the Times-Sotheby’s Index and what were its shortcomings?
What conflict led to the end of the Times-Sotheby’s Index?
Find an “art investment fund” or advice from a major investing corporation on art investing (add the link below so we can talk about it in class). How is it pitched? What advice is given how does this relate to themes we’ve been talking about this semester?
A6: How did the 1917 Revenue Act impact public museum collections in the 1930s-1950s?
How did the 1981 Economic Recovery Act and the 1986 Tax Reform Act affect both museum donations and the art market?
A7: free talk.