Today, the art world is not dominated by a small group of insiders. According to Graw, the art economy has been transformed from a retail business into an industry that produces visuality and meaning. This book questions the assumption of a dichotomy between art and the market, as well as the notion that market value is equal to artistic value. While examining the intrinsic connection between artistic production and its market conditions, Graw also insists that art is a commodity unlike any other. High Price claims that art and the market have to escape each other precisely because they are so deeply entangled.
Arntzen guides us through the major figures and brands of today’s fashion industry, showing how they shape us and in turn why we love to be shaped by them. She examines both everyday, affordable ‘fast fashion’ brands, as well as the luxury market, to show how fashion commands a powerful influence on every socioeconomic level of our society. Stepping into our closets with us, she thinks about what happens when we get dressed: why fashion can make us feel powerful, beautiful, and original at the same time that it forces us into conformity. Stripping off the layers of the world’s fifth largest industry, garment by garment, she holds fashion up as a phenomenon, business, and art, exploring the questions it forces us to ask about the body, image, celebrity, and self-obsession.
Greed, fear and terror? Is financial capitalism primarily there to scare the ignorant? In his second book Georg von Wallwitz makes the usual tongue-in-cheek attempt to explain what we consider to be unbearably complicated: how "our" capitalism came into being; who came up with it; what it is good for and what it is not good for; how to ruin a country or avoid it; how to escape poverty; why you should pay taxes;
The book ‘Conversations with Cage’ is composed of hundreds of interviews with the greatest music innovator of the 20th century, the philosopher, poet, musicologist and artist John Cage (1912–1992), which he gave to various publications and journalists for almost half a century. Kostelyanets selected characteristic passages from these conversations and composed a detailed proto-interview, which ideally could be given by Cage. The fragments are designed as if it were one long conversation in which we are talking about the life and way of thinking of the composer, about his views on various aspects of culture and art. Cage himself checked the manuscript for errors and supplemented it with his comments.
First published in 1891, Pellegrino Artusi's La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangier bene has come to be recognized as the most significant Italian cookbook of modern times. It was reprinted thirteen times and had sold more than 52,000 copies in the years before Artusi's death in 1910, with the number of recipes growing from 475 to 790. And while this figure has not changed, the book has consistently remained in print.
Welcome to the materialized past of the virtual future! This book contains two essays written in the 1990s, when the Web had just turned into an essential element of everyday life. Today it is so natural for us citizens of a post-industrial society to exchange information on a computer network with people anywhere in the world that we don’t even think about it. For twenty-year-old students at the University of Westminster, where I teach, the Web is something that has always been. This generation does not imagine how parents generally managed to communicate and work, shop and engage in politics without computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The following lectures were really given, in substance, at a girls' school (far in the country); which, in the course of various experiments on the possibility of introducing some better practice of drawing into the modern scheme of female education, I visited frequently enough to enable the children to regard me as a friend. The Lectures always fell more or less into the form of fragmentary answers to questions; and they are allowed to retain that form, as, on the whole, likely to be more interesting than the symmetries of a continuous treatise. Many children (for the school was large) took part, at different times, in the conversations; but I have endeavored, without confusedly multiplying the number of imaginary speakers, to represent, as far as I could, the general tone of comment and inquiry among young people.