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Curatorial Dialogues: Isabelle Graw

Isabelle Graw talks about issues raised in her most recent publication "High Price. Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture" (Sternberg Press, 2010).

Isabelle Graw redefines the art world as an economy that has been transformed into an industry that produces visuality and meaning and which is ruled by celebrity culture. Graw talks about this and other issues raised in her most recent publication "High Price. Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture" (Sternberg Press, 2010) on 21 March 2011 at 6pm at the Royal College of Art. A conversation with Mark Nash, Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Department at the Royal College of Art, will follow.

Graw 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, she also insists that art is a commodity unlike any other. In High Price she claims that art and the market have to escape from each other precisely because they are so deeply entangled.

Isabelle Graw is a Professor for Art Theory and Art History at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Städelschule) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where she co-founded the Institute of Art Criticism. She is an art critic and co-founder of the art magazine Texte zur Kunst. Recent publications include Canvases and Careers Today. Criticism and Its Markets (co-edited with Daniel Birnbaum, Berlin, 2008) and Under Pressure. Pictures, Subjects, and The New Spirit of Capitalism (co-edited with Daniel Birnbaum, Berlin, 2008).

The event series Curatorial Dialogues is produced by the Goethe-Institut London in cooperation with the Curating Contemporary Art Department of the Royal College of Art, London.


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Date and Time:

21 March 2011 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
020 7590 4444
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