Peter Stupples The Social Life of Art

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The Social Life of Art

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This study examines not only the objects and processes that make up the artworlds of human history, but also the social and cultural circumstances, the historicised contexts that bring about their making, frame their functioning, inform their properties and influence their effects, both at the time of their creation and throughout their subsequent biographies. In the short span that "art" has played a part in human life, one may conceive of time as a social river, with a strong current towards the capricious mainstream, and eddies and quiet pools near the banks. The current will flow faster in spate and slower in drought. But it will be forever in motion. It will be unpredictable. Nothing will stop its inexorable force. Art runs in that social river, subject to the flow and chance of time.

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Peter Stupples is currently Senior Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the Dunedin School of Art at the Otago Polytechnic He was formerly Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Otago. He has written about Russian visual culture and, more generally, about the social history of art. His eight published books include Pavel Kuznetsov: His Life and Art (Cambridge University Press, 1989). He recently edited Art and Food (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).

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