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By Craufurd D. Goodwin

Roger Fry, a center member of the Bloomsbury crew, used to be concerned with all features of the artwork industry as artist, critic, curator, historian, journalist, consultant to creditors, and gallery operator. he's specially remembered because the one who brought postimpressionist paintings to Britain.
Reprinted during this quantity are seventeen of Fry's works on trade in artwork. even though he had no formal education in economics, Fry addressed the artwork industry as a contemporary economist could do. it truly is consequently becoming that his writings obtain the following an unique interpretation from the point of view of a latest economist, Craufurd D. Goodwin. Goodwin explores why Fry's paintings is either a landmark within the background of cross-disciplinary suggestion and a resource of clean insights right into a wide selection of present coverage questions.
The new writings integrated include Fry's most crucial contributions to concept, background, and debates over coverage as he explored the determinants of the provision of paintings, the call for for artwork, and the artwork industry associations that facilitate trade. His rules and speculations are as stimulating and provocative this day as after they have been written.
"A attention-grabbing collection of essays through one of many 20th century's so much considerate and stimulating critics. Goodwin's creation units the degree superbly, offering precious hyperlinks to Veblen and Keynes." --D. E. Moggridge, college of Toronto
"Art and the Market uncovers new connections among aesthetics and paintings within the Bloomsbury staff. . . . Goodwin provides considerably to the certainty of cultural economics within the paintings of Fry himself in addition to J. M. Keynes or even Leonard and Virginia Woolf." --S. P. Rosenbaum, college of Toronto
"All these drawn to the humanities and economics, and their connections, should be overjoyed by way of this assortment, as could be scholars of Bloomsbury." --Peter Stansky, Stanford University
Craufurd D. Goodwin is James B. Duke Professor of Economics, Duke University.

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It claims to be god and it pays those who procure it the greatest illusions-priests, politicians and journalists-with power and veneration and it battles against every truth because it wants to prolong the hallucination" (Fry 1972, 483; see also 509). The democratic state, regrettably, simply pandered to the poor taste of the masses, and the result was reflected in grotesquely sentimental war memorials and overdecorated public buildings. In the middle class there were three groups whose attitudes toward opifacts affected the market for art.

An immense mass of art is consumed, but this is not the same art as that which the genuine artist produces" (Fry [I920b] 1956,70). His concern for the underproduction of genuine art rested on two grounds. The first and more complex ground was developed by Fry's two close friends and fellow art critics, Clive Bell and Kenneth Clark. It is that the real lasting achievements of a nation are its works of art-its literature, painting, music-not its conduct of warfare nor the output of utilitysatisfYing goods and services that are the customary focus of attention of economists and policy makers.

Ifleft to themselves, the mass of the people would never purchase true art but only, at the most, "pictures which arouse curiosity or gratifY sentimental longings" (Fry 19II, 8S6). This debased demand most Victorian painters had been glad to fill. The unintended consequences of the mass production of opifacts were several and all inimical to the progress of art. First, the very efficiency of machines removed all the opportunity for spontaneity that is part of any true art: "wherever the machine enters, the nervous tremor of the creator disappears" (Fry 1926b, 17).

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