Art and the Market

Roger Fry on Commerce in Art, Selected Writings, Edited with an Interpretation

Subjects: Economics, History of Economic Thought, Art, Architecture
Ebook : 9780472023424, 240 pages, 2 photographs, May 2010
Hardcover : 9780472109029, 240 pages, 2 B&W photographs, 6 x 9, December 1998
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A major Bloomsbury figure writes about the art market, and an economist interprets his ideas

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Contents Foreword by Asa Briggs          ixPreface          xi An Interpretation: Roger Fry and the Market for Art          ILife, Scientific Method, "The Creation of Art", The Consumption of Art, The Art Market, Public Policy, Private Policy, Influence, Conclusion Writings of Roger Fry 1. TheoryArt and Science          69An Essay on Aesthetics          73Retrospect          86Culture and Snobbism          97A Sale at Christie's          107Art and Commerce          111The Artist and Psycho-analysis          124A Moral Lecture, or Perhaps an Immoral One          139 2. History The Art of Florence          145Introduction to Georgian Art          150The Arts of Painting and Sculpture          161 3. PolicyArt in a Socialism          171Art and Socialism          181Art and the State          194Art and Industry          205On the Encouragement of Design in British Manufactures          213 Index          217


Roger Fry, a core member of the Bloomsbury Group, was involved with all aspects of the art market as artist, critic, curator, historian, journalist, advisor to collectors, and gallery operator. He is especially remembered as the person who introduced postimpressionist art to Britain.
Reprinted in this volume are seventeen of Fry's works on commerce in art. Although he had no formal training in economics, Fry addressed the art market as a modern economist might do. It is therefore fitting that his writings receive here an original interpretation from the perspective of a modern economist, Craufurd D. Goodwin. Goodwin explores why Fry's work is both a landmark in the history of cross-disciplinary thought and a source of fresh insights into a wide range of current policy questions.
The new writings included contain Fry's most important contributions to theory, history, and debates over policy as he explored the determinants of the supply of art, the demand for art, and the art market institutions that facilitate exchange. His ideas and speculations are as stimulating and provocative today as when they were written.
"A fascinating selection of essays by one of the twentieth century's most thoughtful and stimulating critics. Goodwin's introduction sets the stage beautifully, providing useful links to Veblen and Keynes." --D. E. Moggridge, University of Toronto
"Art and the Market uncovers new connections between aesthetics and art in the Bloomsbury Group. . . . Goodwin adds significantly to the understanding of cultural economics in the work of Fry himself as well as J. M. Keynes and even Leonard and Virginia Woolf." --S. P. Rosenbaum, University of Toronto
"All those interested in the arts and economics, and their connections, will be delighted by this collection, as will be students of Bloomsbury." --Peter Stansky, Stanford University
Craufurd D. Goodwin is James B. Duke Professor of Economics, Duke University.

Craufurd D. Goodwin is James B. Duke Professor of Economics, Duke University.