Avant-garde artworks, artists and mediators

A state of relationships

Authored by: Nuria Peist

Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Art and Culture

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415855112
eBook ISBN: 9780203740248
Adobe ISBN: 9781135008895

10.4324/9780203740248.ch13

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Abstract

The relationship between individuals’ material conditions of existence and their cultural production and consumption has been the focal point of a debate within the field of the sociology of art and culture in recent years. Many authors have analysed the relations between culture and its audience without assigning to the latter the ultimate meaning of production, or proposing a simple determination of the social over the cultural. 1 While the focus is usually on cultural reception and participation and especially of the correspondence between people’s lifestyle and their socio-economic characteristics (work, social position, origin, etc.), in this article we shall instead concentrate on cultural production and investigate how key actors’ relations to the arts in the first half of the twentieth century led to the constitution of the field of the artistic avant-garde.

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