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Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art

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Talking Prices: Symbolic Meanings of Prices on the Market for Contemporary Art

About this title: How do dealers price contemporary art in a world where objective criteria seem absent? "Talking Prices" is the first book to examine this question from a sociological perspective. On the basis of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data, including interviews with art dealers in New York and Amsterdam, Olav Velthuis shows how contemporary art galleries juggle the contradictory logics of art and economics. In doing so, they rely on a highly ritualized business repertoire. For instance, a sharp distinction between a ... read more

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