Synopses & Reviews
This classic sociological examination of art as collective action explores the cooperative network of suppliers, performers, dealers, critics, and consumers who--along with the artist--"produce" a work of art. Howard S. Becker looks at the conventions essential to this operation and, prospectively, at the extent to which art is shaped by this collective activity. The book is thoroughly illustrated and updated with a new dialogue between Becker and eminent French sociologist Alain Pessin about the extended social system in which art is created, and with a new preface in which the author talks about his own process in creating this influential work.
Argues that art works are not the creation of isolated individuals but result from cooperation between different artists, suppliers of materials, art distributors, critics, and audiences, who together make up the art world.
About the Author
Howard S. Becker is author of many books including Telling About Society, Writing for Social Scientists, and Outsiders.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
1. Art Worlds and Collective Activity
3. Mobilizing Resources
4. Distributing Art Works
5. Aesthetics, Aestheticians, and Critics
6. Art and the State
8. Integrated Professionals, Mavericks, Folk Artists, and Naive Artists
9. Arts and Crafts
10. Change in Art Worlds