Art, Money, Parties
New Institutions in the Political Economy of Contemporary Art
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
The essays in this collection, which originated at a conference organized by Tate Liverpool and the University of Liverpool, offer frequently contentious positions on the role of new institutions and patronage in the world of contemporary art. For example, while Liverpool Biennial director Lewis Biggs delivers a fairly optimistic assessment of the state of contemporary art, scholar Paul Usherwood unleashes a scathing critique of recent public art commissions. From opposing perspectives, gallery owner Sadie Coles reviews the history of her own involvement in the art world during the 1990s, and artist Stewart Home offers a sharply contrasting view of the value of the art produced in that decade. Rather than an attempt to craft a consensus, though, Art, Money, Parties is instead an effort to map out the position of—and possibilities for—contemporary art in a period of growing public sponsorship and attention.
The vibrant, growing interest in contemporary art—evidenced by the success of the institutions under consideration—makes Art, Money, Parties a timely and indispensable contribution to any debate on the present and future of art.