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What defines a good work of art within the contemporary art word? theories, practices and institutions

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dc.contributor.advisor Basson, Eunice L.
dc.contributor.author Vekony-Harper, Delia
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-23T06:53:59Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-23T06:53:59Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06
dc.identifier.citation Vekony-Harper, Delia (2010) What defines a good work of art within the contemporary art word? theories, practices and institutions, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4047> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4047
dc.description.abstract The dissertation explores how quality-judgments on works of art are created within the contemporary art world. The research starts with the examination of modernist art theories supported by the museum, and continues with the exploration of the impact of the art market on quality-judgments. Although the art market had already distorted the idea of quality, further contradictions and difficulties have risen within judgment-making after the 1960s due to the dematerialisation of the work of art. Art criticism should have been able to deal with this complexity, but it is demonstrated that art criticism is a subjective field and even if there is a universal theory on quality, it often fails when applied to the particular work of art. Throughout the dissertation it is demonstrated that although ‘good art’ is a subjective, power- and discourse-dependent concept, all art professionals seek something that is an inherent quality of the artwork. However, regardless of the existence of such inherent value, judgments on quality are constructed by and subjected to power-struggle. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vi, 165 leaves : ill. (some col.))
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Messiah en
dc.subject Art market en
dc.subject Marxist criticism en
dc.subject Formalism art en
dc.subject Modernist art en
dc.subject.ddc 701.18090511
dc.subject.lcsh Art criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Art appreciation
dc.subject.lcsh Art, Modern -- 20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Art, Modern -- 21st century
dc.title What defines a good work of art within the contemporary art word? theories, practices and institutions en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Art History, Visual Arts and Musicology
dc.description.degree M.A. (Art History)


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