Contemporary Art/Contemporary Globalization

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Community Room
West Hollywood Public Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood

WHAP! Lecture Series

Jan Nederveen Pieterse, will explore how Art and globalization as well as art and architecture spread, whom does art serve and art patronage over time. Modern times brought accelerations of globalization, of art forms and their international radius. Contemporary art is a salient part of contemporary times: what does it tell us about contemporary globalization? Because of its expressive and public character art reveals globalization. How do developments in the art world parallel developments in globalization and how do they deviate? If contemporary art is part of global collective reflexivity, what does it reflect? Most talk is about the art market more than about art, just as in globalization most talk is about market forces rather than about actual ramifications of connectivity.  There are many strands to the story—the influx of new buyers, art prices go through the roof, the art world goes mega, big bucks art squeezes museums, and most of all, multi-directionality and the radical decentering of the art world. 

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Distinguished Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara. He specializes in globalization, development studies and cultural studies with a current focus on 21st century trends. He held the Pok Rafeah Distinguished Chair at Malaysia National University, 2014-15. He has been visiting professor in Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Thailand. He is the author or editor of 25 books. Recent books are Coming home to the Global (2018), Multipolar Globalization: Emerging economies and Development (2018), Globalization and Culture: Global Mélange (3rd edition 2015; 4th edition 2018), Development Theory: Deconstructions/ Reconstructions (2nd edition 2010), Beyond the American bubble: Is there hope for Uncle Sam? (2008), Ethnicities  and Global Multiculture (2007). He edits book series with Routledge (Emerging societies) and Palgrave MacMillan (Frontiers of Globalization).