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    Mancini, J.M. (2009) Worlds. American Art, 23 (1). pp. 18-19. ISSN 1073-9300

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    In 1982 sociologist Howard Becker observed in Art Worlds that "all artistic work, like all human activity, involves the joint activity of a number, often a large number, of people." His observation was in tune with the times: in the quarter century since, historians of art, historians, and sociologists alike have done much to elucidate "the complexity of the cooperative networks through which art happens."1 Nonetheless, there are still many words that could be said about "worlds." Indeed, once we begin to conceive of the American art world (or, more precisely, the American art world at any given moment in history) as an entity in its own right, we may analyze not only the subsets within that set but also the relationships between one art world and another. We may, for example, analyze large-scale transitions between different historical art worlds in the United States, or explore the almost limitless ways in which they overlapped, intersected with, or paralleled those of other places.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at .
    Keywords: Art education; art worlds; Art; USA; America;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > History
    Item ID: 4082
    Depositing User: Dr. Joanne Mancini
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 16:29
    Journal or Publication Title: American Art
    Publisher: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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