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Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art Is Created and Judged

Hannah Wohl


Why do contemporary artists vary or maintain particular elements of their work? How do artists weigh these decisions at different career stages? Why do artists successfully garner money and prestige from some works but not others? Aesthetic judgments of contemporary art are highly uncertain. The book examines how artists make artistic decisions during the creative process and how others’ evaluations of artists’ work shape these creative processes. It draws upon ethnographic and interview data from the New York art world, encompassing a broad array of artists, dealers, curators, collectors, and ... More

Keywords: aesthetic judgment, contemporary artists, contemporary art, creativity, ethnography, experimentation, New York City, sociology of art, style, sociology of culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226784557
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226784724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Wohl, author
University of California, Santa Barbara