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Bordeaux vs. Paris: An Alternative Market for Local and Independent Artists?

Ecole Normale Supérieure, 75005 Paris, France
Arts 2020, 9(4), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts9040114
Received: 8 August 2020 / Revised: 26 October 2020 / Accepted: 30 October 2020 / Published: 4 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Contemporary Art Market)
In 1928, some young artists living in Bordeaux decided to create a local market for contemporary art, as an alternative to the Salon des Amis des Arts of their own city, on the one hand, which they considered retrograde and conservative, and to the centralized and centripetal Parisian world on the other. They joined forces to create the group of the “Artistes indépendants bordelais” (AIB) and they organized an annual exhibition in which they could sell their works, in Bordeaux. This article aims to understand the functioning of this so-called “provincial” alternative to Paris and to measure its potential success, both as a market and as an arbiter of taste. The analysis proves that the AIB exhibitions happened to be a semi-failure, since this local initiative could not detach itself from Paris. In order to gain legitimacy, the AIB invited avant-garde painters and sculptors and they left the door open to Parisian dealers and art critics but all these actors, in turn, overshadowed the artists from Bordeaux. This economic and symbolic domination stemmed from the lack of a strong artistic identity for this group, the absence of domestic galleries specializing in contemporary art and the low demographics of Bordeaux collectors. View Full-Text
Keywords: art market; decentralization; Artistes indépendants bordelais; Bordeaux; Paris art market; decentralization; Artistes indépendants bordelais; Bordeaux; Paris
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