By Jonathan Harris
Artwork, funds, events is a suite of essays in response to papers given at a convention of an identical identify held at Tate Liverpool in November 2002. It units out to explain and assessment the advance of latest sorts of artwork patronage and reveal glaring in such recurrent occasions as biennials, 'cultural region' tasks for city regeneration, novel galleries of latest paintings, and creation sponsors (such because the Saatchi Gallery and the Baltic). The scope of the gathering is overseas and its objective is to map and think about the globalisation of art's political-economy. participants: Jeremy Valentine (Queen Elizabeth collage, Edinburgh), Andrew Brighton (Tate Modern), Sadie Coles (Gallery owner), Rory Francis (Manchester Metropolitan University), Paul Usherwood (University of Northumbria), Stewart domestic (artist and writer), Lewis Biggs (ex-Director, Tate Liverpool), and Jonathan Harris (University of Liverpool).
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