Taste-Making Mechanisms in the Contemporary Art World

Creel, Zachary (2017) Taste-Making Mechanisms in the Contemporary Art World. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Kris Belden-Adams from Art History, The University of Mississippi.


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This Honors Thesis explores the taste-making roles of various institutions within the art world. A “taste-maker” is a person or institution which is capable of growing an artist’s reputation and increasing his/her visibility within the purview of the public. This paper identifies Museums, Commercial Galleries, Biennials, Art Fairs, and Art Critics as key taste-makers and argues that the validation which each of them offers to an artist is critical to their rise to notoriety and fame. These institutions also act as “gate-keepers” between the artists and the public, oftentimes deciding which artists’ work will meet with exposure to larger audiences. The workings of each of the groups identified above is assessed in detail as is the web of validation created by these groups interaction.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Creel, Zachary
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Classics and Art History
Thesis Advisor: Kris Belden-Adams
Thesis Advisor's Department: Art History
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Depositing User: Zachary Creel
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 17:54
Last Modified: 12 May 2017 17:54
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/923

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