Art, Artists & Art Criticism: A Cultural Quagmire

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World map with 'Creating the Global?' superimposed over it

Larissa Buchholz, Cultural Sociologist and Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows •


For her presentation at TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts, Larissa Buchholz shared and discussed parts of her forthcoming book The Global Rules of Art (under contract with Princeton University Press).1 The book examines global transformations in the visual arts from the end of the 19th century to the new millennium. Cross-border flows have had a long and varied history in the visual arts. However, The Global Rules of Art argues that something unprecedented has emerged in the past three decades: a global field of art that involves, for the first time, an institutional context for cross-border flows and valuations that reach across six continents. Combining historical, structural and interpretative analyses, the book traces the emergence of this global field and illuminates through detailed case studies the different ways in which artists become recognized and valued worldwide. 



[1] “2013 ASA Dissertation Award Recipient: Larissa Buchholz,” American Sociological Association, accessed November 12, 2016,