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Title: Purchasing power: the New York market for modern American painting 1913-40
Author: Hall, Denis Michael
Awarding Body: Northumbria University
Current Institution: Northumbria University
Date of Award: 2001
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This study sets out to examine the development of the art market in New York for modem American art between the years 1913 and 1940. In doing so, it aims to make a significant contribution to this relatively neglected subject. Whilst much has been written about artistic production in New York much less has been written about its distribution and consumption, though these form co-dependent elements of an art market. Without a community of art producers neither distributive mechanisms nor an appreciative audience of purchasers can be established; at the same time, continuing art production is reliant on effective ongoing support systems. My overall interest stems from a wish to trace the conditions that enabled New York to take over from Paris as the world's art centre by the middle of the twentieth century. I also wanted to understand the motivations of New York collectors in purchasing modem European and American art and how these changed over time; in other words, how it came to be that taste shifted from the overall preference for European art at the beginning of the period to an enthusiasm for modem American art by the end. In turn I wanted to know how the New York dealer infrastructure to enable this came to be in place by 1940 - the vital component to ensure both the cultural and commercial success of Abstract Expressionism during the forties and fifties. In all of this, a central and sustained interest revolves around the experience of the artist in the art market, in this case the New York art market.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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