No time to read academic essays? Well, have no fear, we’ll read this one together. “Another Art World” by David Graeber and Nika Dubrovsky examines how we might re-imagine the art world.
Part II of “Another Art World” lays out a hypothesis about how post-industrial ideas of production as well as ideas imbedded in Western thought as far back as Greek myth, unfairly legitimize the existence of curators, art dealers, and art administrators, who safeguard the ONE rule that can’t be broken within the art establishment. If you want to know what that rule is, keep listening. Oh, and that faux “experimental,” “boundary-pushing” posture of contemporary art? They argue it’s not a bug but a feature, one that benefits those who most profit from art dealing.
Link to text of “Another Art World Pt. 2” in eFlux journal: https://www.e-flux.com/journal/104/298663/another-art-world-part-2-utopia-of-freedom-as-a-market-value/