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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; FIRst Edition edition (18 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415070120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415070126
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Duncan balances her reading of the museum as economically motivated and culturally specific sign with a theoretically promising investigation of ritual and liminality in the gallery context.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Dixon on 6 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
As a theorist of art and Art myself, I am struck by how very few books offer insight into the problem of Modern Art, the public promotion, civic installation and academic endorsement of a mostly bogus offering of artistic marvel, 1917 to present. This book, together with Carol Duncan's other book 'The Aesthetics of Power', is among that very few.

Her chief contribution is to explain what kind of social and political context (revolutionary politics), in Europe, led to the birth of the modern public Art museum in the early 19th century. The model she offers is the palace and its treasure nationalized and opened to public perambulation. For me, her essays brought an added perspective that allowed everything else I was thinking about for years to fall into place. Alas, she has not applied this perspective and her cool intelligence to 20th century developments in Art - the flip from an art of illusion to an illusion of Art. But then, nor has anyone else, yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Artsreadings on 14 July 2010
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First published in 1995, this book has become along the years a standard of art history and museum studies disciplinary discourses. With its interest in art galleries's space, activities and objectives, this book develop ideas on a central issue, that is the political implications of the museum/gallery.

It is valuable for giving a broad view on the creation of world-famous art institutions like the Louvre, the National Gallery, London and Washington, DC, or the Getty Museum.

Introduction, 1

1. The Art museum as ritual, 7
focuses on defining the idea of ritual and how it applies to the concept of museum

2. From the princely gallery to the public art museum: the Louvre Museum and the National Gallery, London, 21
analyses in turn the formative stages of the creation of the Louvre and the National Gallery in London, how they were fuelled by different political circumstances, and how this difference in their inception is perceptible in their built environment

3. Public Spaces, private interests: municipal art museums in New York and Chicago, 48
focuses mostly on the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to emphasize the contradictions between liberal aspirations and aristocratic-style practices of their founders and trustees

4. Something eternal: the donor memorial, 72
enquires about the various roles and objectives of the Wallace, the Stewart Gardner, the Frick, the Huntington, and the Mellon in the creation of various collections and the way they negotiated the memorialization of their person via the creation of these collections made public after their death

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The picture quality is a bit off, but i guess that is the publishers fault and not the sellers! Very good condition, and is being much used!
Thankyou very much
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Informative and Easy to Read 4 Jun. 2000
By Robin N. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Duncan's books discusses the history of art museums and focusses in on some notable, present day museums. Her approach combines the traditional art historian view with a sociological view. Art is not created in a vacuum and reflects the society it lives within. Duncan's approach gives us insight into why some artwork is accepted while other artwork is not.
This book was required reading in my undergraduate studies. It is one of the few I choose to have in my personal library as well.
Carol Duncan's book is small in size and easy to read. However, just because of its ease and size, don't mistake its value to art history. It is well researched and well edited. It is short, sweet and to the point. Too bad other art history books cannot be like that.
Definitely an interesting look into the origins and creation of ... 7 Sept. 2014
By victoriao1205 - Published on Amazon.com
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Definitely an interesting look into the origins and creation of public art museums and the history up until recently. I purhcased this for a college course but it was definitely an interesting read if you are interested in public institutions especially art museums
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Informative, Easy To Read 4 Jun. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Duncan's book was required reading in my undergraduate studies. She writes from two angles - first, being the traditional fine arts view, and second, a sociological view. Art is not created in a vacuum and is directly affected by the society it lives in. There is a value to looking at art from this combined point of view. You have a clear picture why some art is considered valuable, while some is not.
Carol Duncan's book delves into the reasons why we have art museums and then focusses in on some notable museums of today. The small book is an easy and quick read. However, its relative ease and small size does not mean it does not inform. It is well researched and well edited. It is short, sweet and to the point. Too bad more art history books are not like that.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Covering a breadth of subject matter 3 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was mandatory reading for a university art history class. As far as required readings go, it was easily comprehensible to a general audience. The only flaw was that at first glance it appeals to an art-minded audience. Yet then it actually converses in the sociological jargon, which could put off some readers.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 30 Sept. 2007
By Lava Gade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The boook was for my academic course..... and I was surprised by the reponse of amazon. They delivered it to me so fast. Thanks a lot. And the quality of the book is good too.....
Book is basically related to museum culture and importance of rituals in those spaces.
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