Accepted Paper:

New Perspectives of Business Anthropology on Fine Arts  

Author:

Fumihiko Ichikawa (Kwansei Gakuin University)

Paper short abstract:

  This paper focuses on several aspects of relations between fine arts and human nexus through an anthropological approach of business.    1) Institutionalisation process of fine arts as “State’s Treasures”:    2) Promotion process of Oriental “exotic cultures” into the world of fine      arts in modern Paris:   This paper examines organizing process of modern art galleries and art merchants groups, and that of their human nexus functions and commercialization of art pieces through case studies of the 19th-20th century French fine arts world.

Paper long abstract:

This paper focuses on several aspects of relations between fine arts and human nexus through an anthropological approach of business.

  1) Institutionalisation process of fine arts as "State's Treasures":

Which groups had searched and picked up pieces of fine arts like pictures, statues? And by which path did these works of art become cultural assets or national treasures? What sort of institutionalisation process existed? What kind of estimation standards functioned on the institutionalisation?

These questions, especially in the cases of Fine Art collections of Modern French museums and Art Galleries, are bringing light to the historical points of view on business anthropology of arts.

  2) Promotion process of Oriental "exotic cultures" into the world of fine arts in modern Paris:  In the cases of introducing master pieces of "Ukiyoe" from Japan to France in the 19th century, there were many kinds of "mediators" and "promoters" around"Ukiyoe " at every stage of circulation.

   This paper examines organizing process of modern art galleries and art merchants groups, and that of their human nexus functions and commercialization of art pieces through case studies of the 19th-20th century French fine arts world.

Panel PE17
Anthropology of arts business (IUAES Commission on Enterprise Anthropology)