BOOK LAUNCH – WHO RUNS THE ARTWORLD – Brad Buckley & John Conomos

Dates & times

Sun 29 April 2018, 3pm–4pm


Drill Hall Gallery

Image: Book launch



Join us at the gallery for the launch by Michael Desmond of Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics 

‘This book informs, provokes, and entertains, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the role of art in contemporary society’

Professor David Throsby, Macquarie University

Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics examines the economics and mythologies of today’s global artworld. It unmasks the complex web of relationships that now exist among high-profile curators, collectors, museum trustees and corporate sponsors, and the historic and ongoing complicity between the art and money markets.

The book examines the alternative models being deployed by curators and artists influenced by the 2008 global financial crisis and the international socio-political Occupy movement, with particular focus on a renewed activism by artists. This activism is coupled with an institutional and social critique led by groups such as Liberate Tate, the Precarious Workers Brigade and Strike Debt.

Who Runs the Artworld: Money, Power and Ethics brings together a diverse a diverse range of thinkers who draw on the disciplines of art theory, social sciences and cultural economics , and curatorship and the lived experience of artists. The contributors of this book are, in their respective contexts, working at the forefront of these compelling issues.

Professor Brad Buckley is an artist, urbanist, activist and Professorial Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, the University of Melbourne. His work, which has been shown internationally for over twenty-five years, operates at the intersection of installation, theatre and performance, investigates questions of cultural control, democracy, freedom and social responsibility.

Associate Professor John Conomos is an artist, critic and writer, and Associate Professor and Principal Fellow at Victorian College of the Arts, Faculty of the VCA and MCM, the University of Melbourne. Conomos has exhibited extensively both locally and internationally across a variety of media: video art, new media, photo-performance, installations and radiophonic art. He is a prolific contributor to art, film and media journals and a frequent keynote speaker and participant in conferences, fora and seminars.



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