The role of the gallery: art, artists, money and art history

Lesson rationale

What is the role of the gallery? Does it simultaneously support, encourage and restrict artists and their work? Do gallery promotion and sales influence how we understand the value of art? Does money impact on art history?

This resource brings together the voices of artists, dealers, gallery directors and art historians to explore the complex relationship between artists and galleries: between money, art and art history. The activities draw on oral history sources that bring multi-layered accounts and occasionally contrasting perspectives into play. The aim is to encourage an analytical cross-referencing of sources as well as critical discussions around who determines the value of art, and how?

The author of this teaching resource is Marianne Holm Hansen.