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Publication: Art in the Age of Financial Crisis

Dr Conor McGarrigle, Lecturer in Fine Art in the Dublin School of Creative Arts, has co-edited a special edition of the Routledge journal, Visual Resources with Professor Marisa Lerer of Manhattan College. The edition had its origins in a panel for the 2017 College Art Association Conference in New York City.

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Art in the Age of Financial Crisis

This issue addresses the long financial crisis of 2008 and the nature and diversity of artistic responses to it. This financial crisis is understood as a globalized result of late capitalism that nonetheless is experienced differently at local, regional, and national levels. It is multi-faceted in nature, a phenomenon that has historical roots and precedents that inform contemporary responses. Artists are not restricted to engage with the economy through one specific vehicle of inquiry or one type of medium and message. Therefore, the central question that this issue poses is: what is the artist’s role in finance, crisis, and the economy? Should artists: fix the economy; explain it; attempt to alter it; reject it; participate in it; or none of the above? The articles, artists’ projects and interviews presented here attend to these questions through a wide-ranging lens including: studies of historical precedents such as the Great Depression of 1929 and currency crises in Latin America in the 1970s; artistic direct interventions within financial systems that reveal and challenge their opaque processes and value systems; alternative currencies highlighting the neo-colonialism of global financial markets; and blockchain-based rethinking of art market ownership models. These multi-faceted projects spanning different time periods and geographies offer crucial and distinct theoretical positions. This issue, which saw its origins in a panel for the 2017 College Art Association Conference in New York City, adds to scholarship on these pressing topics and seeks to foster a continued discourse on the intersections of art and financial crisis.

The edition includes articles by Elena Shtromberg, University of Utah; Amy Whitaker, NYU Steinhardt School; Jennifer Gradecki, Northeastern University; Derek Curry, Northeastern University; Jillian Russo, curator at the Art Students League of New York; and El Putnam of the Dublin School of Creative Arts. The edition includes Art Projects by LigoranoReese and Kennedy Browne as well as interviews with the artists Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Miguel Luciano, Fran Ilich and Gabriela Ceja, and Paolo Cirio.

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