Territorial Dimensions of the Symbolic Production of Culture: The Case of Visual Arts Reporting in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, 1955-2005
Dept. of Media and Communcation / Dept. of Arts and Culture Erasmus University Rotterdam Rotterdam, Netherlands
The contemporary art world seems to be characterized by globalization and the nationality or country location of the artist appears to play a subordinated role in the process of producing and distributing artworks. Applying this trend on newspaper coverage on arts and culture brings up the assumption that newspapers have come to devote much more attention to foreign or non-domestic arts and culture than they used to. However, the internationalization of visual arts reporting is likely to vary considerably across countries. This paper will analyze long-term developments and cross-national differences in the international orientation of visual arts reporting in so-called quality newspapers. The research covers four countries, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S., and four reference years: 1955, 1975, 1995 and 2005. Using content analysis, the paper focuses on differences and longitudinal changes in the amount of newspaper coverage given to domestic and foreign artists and artworks, and the national origin of the artists under discussion.