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COLLECTING THE NEW
Bruce Altshuler ed.

Princeton University Press, 2007
Softcover
208 pages
38 b+w illustrations
ISBN: 9780691133737

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This publication is the first to address the questions and challenges that museums face in acquiring and preserving contemporary art. Because such art has not yet withstood the test of time, it defies the traditional understanding of the art museum as an institution that collects and displays works of long-established aesthetic and historical value. By acquiring such art, museums gamble on the future. In addition, new technologies and alternative conceptions of the artwork have created special problems of conservation, while social, political, and aesthetic changes have generated new categories of works to be collected.

 

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