Art and the State

The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective

  • Victoria D. Alexander
  • Marilyn Rueschemeyer

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Victoria D. Alexander, Marilyn Rueschemeyer
    Pages 1-18
  3. Victoria D. Alexander
    Pages 58-100
  4. Marilyn Rueschemeyer
    Pages 126-153
  5. Victoria D. Alexander, Marilyn Rueschemeyer
    Pages 183-203
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 204-235

About this book


This book examines the impact of states and their policies on visual art. States shape the role of art and artists in society, influence the development of audiences, support artistic work, and even affect the very nature of artistic production. The book contrasts developments in the United States with art policies in Britain and in the social democratic states of Norway and Sweden. In addition, it analyzes revealing transitions - the changes brought about in East Germany after unification and the experiences of artists who left the Soviet Union for the west. The result is a significant contribution to the sociology and the political economy of art.


communism economy Institution Museum Policy visual arts work

Authors and affiliations

  • Victoria D. Alexander
    • 1
  • Marilyn Rueschemeyer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SurreyUK
  2. 2.Rhode Island School of DesignUSA

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