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Global Art in Local Art Worlds
Changing Hierarchies of Value

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ISBN 9780367653279
March 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the attribution and local negotiation of cultural valuations of artistic and art-institutional practices around the world, and considers the diverse ways in which these value attributions intersect with claims of universality and cosmopolitanism. Taking Michael Herzfeld’s notion of the ‘global hierarchy of value’ as point of departure, the volume brings together six empirical studies of the collection, circulation, classification and exhibition of objects in present-day Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Africa and Indigenous Australia in light of Europe’s loss of global hegemony. Including reflections by a number of senior scholars, the chapters demonstrate that the question of valuation lies at the heart of artistic and art-institutional practices writ large– including museum practices, museum architecture, galleries, auction houses, art fairs and biennales.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Global Art in Local Art Worlds and the Global Hierarchy of Value

Oscar Salemink

Reflection 1: Going Beyond, notes on cultural valuations and spatial difference

Hou Hanru

Part 1: Tropicalism and canonization

1 Inhotim, an international tropical museum: Distinction and the canonization of Brazilian Avant-Gardes

Amélia Siegel Corrêa

Reflection 2: The tropics as convention and consecration

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

Reflection 3: Is there a Global Cannon? Reflections on World Art History

Nora A. Taylor

Part 2: recognition and ambivalence

2 Ambivalent Art at the Tip of a Continent: the Zeitz MOCAA and its Quest for Global Recognition

Vibe Nielsen

Reflection 4: Recognition

Michael Rowlands

Reflection 5: Ambivalence and the racial politics of value

Deborah Posel

Part 3: Global circulation of ideas and universality

3 A local universal modernity: World-Heritagizing Le Corbusier’s building for the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo

Jens Sejrup

Reflection 6: The role of public statuary in the global circulation of ideas

Sven Saaler

Reflection 7: Provincializing the universal

Peter Pels

Part 4: Curation and authorization

4 Curatorship and authorization in Chinese contemporary art institutions

Oscar Salemink

Reflection 8: Curation

Pi Li

Reflection 9: Authorization

Parul Dave Mukherji

Part 5: Validation and circuits of valuation

5 From Mumbai to London: Co-constituting value in art from India via local and global circuits of valuation

Olga Kanzaki Sooudi

Reflection 10: Validation and the global hierarchy of value: moving in a rugged landscape

João Rickli

Reflection 11: A mandala of value: A granular approach to art valuation across geopolitical fragments

Manuela Ciotti

Part 6: Indigenous art and Indigenous cultural capital

6: Re-collecting, Re-classifying, Re-ordering: Indigenous Art and the Contemporary Australian Art Field

Tony Bennett

Reflection 12: Indigenous protagonism and its impact on the Brazilian art system

Ilana Seltzer Goldstein

Reflection 13: Indigenous Art: Decolonization through the Looking Glass

Ruth B. Phillips

Afterword: Agency and Hierarchy in the Creation of Aesthetic Value

Michael Herzfeld

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Oscar Salemink is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Jens Sejrup is Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark with a joint appointment in the departments of anthropology and cross-cultural and regional studies.

Amélia Siegel Corrêa is a Lecturer in Art History at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil.

Vibe Nielsen is affiliated as postdoctoral researcher at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, where she is a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College.