The art market and the state in Britain : a critical examination of the relationship between the contemporary British state subvention system for visual arts and various art markets
This thesis is an examination of the complex relationship between a broadly defined art market and the British State. it is an examination of the visual arts economy within a British market economy. It demonstrates the state's failure to support and improve this economy even as it declares such a commitment. For the sake of the visual arts and the national economy, an alternative to the Orthodoxy of the State is argued and mechanism for its achievement proposed. This has required me to to reveal and question some firmly held attitudes and beliefs about art, artists, connoisseurs and public good. Although they constitute a comfortable notion of patronage for a minority, these contemporary notions of art, artist and connoisseur contribute to a decidedly uncomfortable economy for the majority.