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Rhetoric, social value and the arts: but how does it work?

Rhetoric, social value and the arts: but how does it work?

Mann, Nicola, editor; Bonham Carter, Charlotte, editor

This text reveals how the 'social value of art' may have one meaning for a policy maker, another for a museum and still yet another for an artist - and it is therefore in the interaction between these agents that we learn the most about the importance of rhetoric and interpretation. As a trajectory in art history, socially engaged art has a long and established history. However, in recent years - or since 'the social turn' that occurred in the 1990s - the rhetoric surrounding the social value of art has been assimilated by cultural policy makers and museums

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Nicola Mann
ISBN: 3319452967, 9783319452968
Intended audience: Specialized.
Physical Description: 134 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 21 cm
Subject: Art galleries; Political art; Bruguera, Tania; Arts and society.; Rhetoric Social aspects.; Art and Design.; Museums; Communication in art.; Social values.; Protest movements


  1. Introduction.áRhetoric, Social Value and the Arts
  2. But How Does it Work? -áBy Nicola Mann.-áPART 1.- 1.áWho sets the agenda? Changing attitudes towards theárelevance of small-scale visual arts organisations in the UK -áBy Rachel Mader.- 2.áFrom Social Inclusion to Audience Numbers
  3. Art Museums in the New Public Management -áBy Charlotte Bonham-Carter.-áPART 2.- 3.áRe-Thinking the Social Turn
  4. The Social Functionáof Art as Functionless and Anti-Social -áBy Ana Yarto Bilbao.- 4.áThe Paradoxical Engagement of Contemporary Artáwith Anti-Capitalism, Activism, and Protest -áBy Tijen Tunali.-áPART 3.-á5.áArte de Conducta
  5. On Tania Bruguera's Tatlin's Whisper Series -áBy AndrÚs David Montenegro Rosero.- 6.áPERCENT FOR GREEN
  6. Creating Space as Consciousness -áBy Alicia Grull¾n.-áPART 4.-á7.áArtists on the Gallery Payroll
  7. A Case Study and a Corporate Turn -áBy Lawrence Bradby and Judith Stewart.- 8.áCollecting Social Things -áBy Joey Orr.-áConclusion -áBy Charlotte Bonham-Carter.