Scheda libro
Non-Fiction

Breve storia della globalizzazione in arte

(e delle sue conseguenze)

  • Author: Marco Meneguzzo
  • Year: 2012
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 176
  • Price: 16.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-028-3
  • Size: cm 15.5 x 23
  • Finish: Arcoprint Edizioni

For at least a decade now, the Western art system has found itself faced in the international arena with new players who appear to want to play according to rules of their own making. The first inklings of change came in the 1980s, when art became a financial opportunity of global potential. Thanks to the use of more accessible languages, postmodern art appealed to increasingly vast audiences, prospering as it expanded onto new terrain: the soaring art market paved the way for the artwork becoming a status symbol, and a broadening of horizons to include countries like China, Russia and India, in search of recognition on the Western stage.

The euphoria of that period, however, was soon dampened by the current climate of uncertainty, caused by the break-up of the old system and the declassing of its constituent parts – the intellectual component (the critics, who lent legitimacy to artistic practices) and the institutional component (the museums, which conserved the works for posterity). The current measure of success is the speculative spirit – in all senses – of the new players, who, with the ease of those used to wielding hefty amounts of capital, lay down the law in the closed circuit of gallery-collector-auction house-museum. Even artists, previously the system’s driving force, risk being reduced to the status of mere cogs in the machine. Well aware of the setting they operate in, they have acquiesced to the impoverishment brought about by globalisation: while in the past they sought to innovate, now they stick firmly to linguistic standards that are instantly recognisable in all corners of the globe.

In this short work of global scope, which surveys the past in order to have insight into the complex transformations under way in the present, Marco Meneguzzo identifies the dividing line between before and after, namely between art as exclusive and elite and art as popular, globalised phenomenon, envisaging a future that wavers between a soft process of change in the art system and the conception of art itself, and a more apocalyptic scenario.

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Marco Meneguzzo (1954) is an art critic and independent curator, he teaches story of contemporary art,  museology and management of the exhibition systems at the Accademy of Fine Arts in Brera (Milan). During the last decade he travelled in China, India and Russia to get in touch with artists and the art system of these developing countries. This volume is the result of his critic consideration on the phenomenon of the so-called “globalized art”.

Parte prima. Il canone occidentale

1. L’arte è una faccenda occidentale?
2. Gli anni ottanta: il turning point

Parte seconda. Nuovi soggetti
3. Perché cercare nuovi soggetti
4. Dove cercarli: una geopolitica culturale
5. L’Occidente incontra la Cina
6. La Cina incontra l’Occidente
7. Contraddizioni indiane
8. Il luogo dei luoghi: internet

Parte terza. Nuovi concetti
9. Echi degli anni ottanta
10. Il concetto di arte alla prova della globalizzazione
11. Estremismo, malattia infantile/senile del consumismo

Parte quarta. Uno scenario possibile
12. La variabile soffice
13. L’ipotesi apocalittica