The world is not enough: Art and globalization

Butler, Rex W. (2008) The world is not enough: Art and globalization. artUS, 21 29-37.

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Author Butler, Rex W.
Title The world is not enough: Art and globalization
Journal name artUS   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1546-7082
Publication date 2008-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Start page 29
End page 37
Total pages 9
Place of publication Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Foundation for International Art Criticism
Language eng
Subject 1901 Art Theory and Criticism
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Formatted abstract
'The World is Not Enough' is the text of a keynote lecture delivered at the 2006 Biennale of Sydney, Australia's biggest and most prestigious international art show.

Discusses the rise of globalism in contemporary art, in relation to what the author terms 'mega-shows' such as Documenta, Sculpture Projects Munster and the Venice Biennale. Comments on the power of directors to define the globalist art agenda, suggesting that this is a successor to postmodernism, and asks whether this new kind of major global art event represents a model of cultural difference or homogeneity, in regard to these events' inherent historic Euro-American centrality.Comments on the self-contradiction in these events, questioning the apparent criticality in works by Santiago Sierra, Fred Wilson and Song Dong. Examines the philosophical issue of globalisation and anti-globalisation, referring to the views of Fredric Jameson and Immanuel Kant and the cultural theorist Joan Copjec. Comments on the antinomies in art historian Pamela M. Lee's writing on the relationship of the art world to globalisation, comparing in detail images of shipping by Andreas Gursky and Allan Sekula in this context, arguing that Gursky's work in particular is truly globalist, because of its ability to create a gap between the world and itself and its engagement with class struggle.
Q-Index Code C1
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Additional Notes Subsequently published as a book chapter: Butler, Rex (2010). The world is not enough. In Charles Merewether and John Potts (Ed.), After the event: New perspectives on art history (pp. 57-67) Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press.

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