Changes in Art: Market Forces or Evolution

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Dickins, Thomas E. 2009. Changes in Art: Market Forces or Evolution. Empirical Studies of the Arts. 27 (2), pp. 159-165.
AuthorsDickins, Thomas E.
Abstract

Colin Martindale has presented the case for the end of art based on an evolutionary argument that invokes the need for representation and novelty as the key selection pressures. Art is hopelessly doomed to use up novelty and so render itself extinct. In this response I take issue with Martindale’s use of evolutionary theory and then with his notion of novelty. I conclude that a better conceptual framework might be that of the market and of game theory. To begin with, however, I briefly outline evolutionary theory in order to lay the groundwork for subsequent arguments.

Keywordsart theory; evolutionary theory
JournalEmpirical Studies of the Arts
Journal citation27 (2), pp. 159-165
ISSN0276-2374
1541-4493
Year2009
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://baywood.metapress.com/link.asp?id=t05m18565u3q271w
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/569
Publication dates
Print2009
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Feb 2010
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Citation:
Dickins, T.E (2009) ‘Changes in Art: Market Forces or Evolution’ Empirical Studies of the Arts 27 (2) 159-165.

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