On the NEA

by Jennifer Lena, Columbia University   (Originally published as part of Lena’s “Word from the Chair,” Section Culture,Newsletter of the Culture SectionVol. 29 #1-2)   In March 2017, the Trump administration released a budget proposal (“America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”) that included the elimination of federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (2) I am mindful that our large section … Continue reading On the NEA

The Sociology of Art and Culture in Contemporary Québec: an Historical Overview

by Marcel Fournier, Full Professor, Université de Montréal[1] Sociology is at once a witness, a critic, and an actor of/in society. In Québec perhaps more than anywhere else the relationship between the sociology of art and culture on the one hand and Québecois society on the other has been a complex one–too complex to permit more than a superficial overview here. Concerns with art and … Continue reading The Sociology of Art and Culture in Contemporary Québec: an Historical Overview

33 Artists in 3 Acts, by Sarah Thornton

 A Review by Ann L. Mullen, U. of Toronto   Sarah Thornton, sociologist and author of Seven Days in the Art World, published a new book last fall, titled 33 Artists in 3 Acts. While her previous book took the reader on a tour of the varied institutions that make up the art world (auctions, art schools, fairs, awards and so forth), her new book … Continue reading 33 Artists in 3 Acts, by Sarah Thornton

TEN QUESTIONS FOR SARAH THORNTON

   Sarah Thornton is a writer and sociologist of art. After earning her Ph.D. in sociology, Sarah went on to work as the chief correspondent on contemporary art for The Economist, as well as writing for many other publications, including Artforum, the Guardian, and The New Yorker.  She published Seven Days in the Art World in 2008, a book about the inner workings of the … Continue reading TEN QUESTIONS FOR SARAH THORNTON