Segments in this Video

Japan: Developing Market (06:07)


Japan’s post-World War II economic recovery enabled artistic expenditures and adoption of Western culture. Japanese woodcuts inspired Impressionism. Artists' works have been displayed at national museums alongside contemporary regional works.

Japan: Cooperative Collections (06:05)

The Japanese tax system is designed to moderate wealth; the Fujisankei Group sponsors Nobutaka Shikanai's galleries. Yasuo Goto discusses purchasing “The Sunflowers” for £25 million and securing the investment through Yasuda Kasai.

Cultural Appropriation (05:04)

Napoleon Bonaparte’s war profits helped pay for the Louvre. In 1812, Lord Elgin imported sections of the Pantheon to London. Greek Minister of the Arts Melina McCurry asserted that artwork was cultural heritage and removal from homeland damages context and identity.

Haiti: Collectors and Tourists (11:59)

Gerald Alexis discusses increased tourism and art markets; when works with religious symbolism are removed from temples, they become profane. John Fulling visits Andre Pierre to collect commissioned paintings. The artist uses profits to support his village community near Port au Prince.

Haiti: Evolving Culture (03:27)

Alexis asserts that trained Caribbean artists are seen as inauthentic, and works lack primitive qualities. Sculptor Patrick Vilaire believes American perspectives on native are art limiting and commercialistic. Minister of Tourism Rene Marini discusses grants available to painters.

Spain: Reviving Culture (08:22)

Francisco Franco’s dictatorship isolated his country and suppressed expression; several artists were exiled. The nation implemented a museum building program and obtained the Thyssen collection.

Spain: Courting Pablo (03:37)

During the Spanish Civil War, Franco carpet bombed Guernica, inspiring exiled Picasso’s famous work. Efforts to obtain his paintings before the dictator’s death resulted in the destruction of an entire exhibit.

Spain: Courting Salvador (03:40)

Dali and Franco were friends; the artist called for more killings and purging of the nation’s undesirable elements. Obtaining his paintings was controversial, but the country took measures to welcome him home; his work is considered part of the cultural heritage.

Credits: Relative Values: Altered States (00:29)

Credits: Relative Values: Altered States

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When Vincent Van Gogh's Irises can sell for £30 million, art becomes big business. Interviews with distinguished critics, collectors and artists reveal how art is perceived in the modern world, how it is valued and promoted, and why artists are more important than their work.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL185424

ISBN: 978-1-64623-904-7

Copyright date: ©1991

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