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ERIC Number: EJ798485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1476-8062
Art at the Mall: A Look at the Aesthetics of Popular Mall Art Culture
Szekely, Ilona
International Journal of Art & Design Education, v27 n2 p192-201 Jun 2008
Currently there is a scarcity of information in the art education literature about purchasing art. This article examines how art acquires economic and social value, as well as how consumers make decisions when purchasing a piece of art. Where does an art student, or the general public learn about buying art? How much, if any, of this process is happening in the art class? There is an assumption art educators make, that raising some invisible standards of taste leads to greater awareness of art consumption. In this article, the author visits four mall stores to study the aesthetics of art purchase to discuss a number of implications for art teaching. Elitist views of the contemporary art world regarding popular culture and the purchase of art frame the debate. As art educators we ask art students to look at the world as critical consumers; this article then, offers practical approaches for classroom discussions surrounding the purchase of art.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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