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L'art, valeur refuge : Note critique sur les ouvrages de Luc Boltanski et Arnaud Esquerre, Enrichissement. Une critique de la marchandise, Paris, Gallimard, 2017, 672 p. ; et de Franz Schultheis, Erwin Single, Raphaela Köfeler, Thomas Mazzurana, Art Unlimited? Dynamics and Paradoxes of a Globalizing Art World, Bielefeld, Transcript Verlag, 2016, 264 p.

Abstract : In this critical note, we return to two works that, from different points of view, approach two types of recent developments in the economics of art. In Enrichissement, Boltanski and Esquerre describe the way in which capitalism has, in recent decades, invested the fields of art, heritage, and history. The objects exchanged in the framework of this new economy have the distinction of finding themselves “enriched” by a discourse that makes their preservation in particular a moral obligation. This global transformation assumes several forms, successively addressed by the authors, touching the landscapes as much as the mentalities or the morphology of Western societies. The four authors of Art Unlimited? (Schultheis, Single, Köfeler, and Mazzurana) are interested in the effects of the globalization of artistic economies by addressing the issue not from the perspective of Western countries, but from the point of view of China, which directs their original and pointed description of the specificities of the contemporary-art market – a pure product of globalization and a source of many misunderstandings between the Chinese and Westerners.
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Séverine Sofio. L'art, valeur refuge : Note critique sur les ouvrages de Luc Boltanski et Arnaud Esquerre, Enrichissement. Une critique de la marchandise, Paris, Gallimard, 2017, 672 p. ; et de Franz Schultheis, Erwin Single, Raphaela Köfeler, Thomas Mazzurana, Art Unlimited? Dynamics and Paradoxes of a Globalizing Art World, Bielefeld, Transcript Verlag, 2016, 264 p.. 2018, pp.177-181. ⟨halshs-01970461⟩

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