Les collectionneurs d'art contemporain : analyse sociologique d'un groupe social et de son rôle sur le marché de l'art

Abstract : The purpose of this thesis is to analyse contemporary art collectors in France from 1980 to the present, and the way they have come together, sketching this social group’s outline and organization in order to figure out its common characteristics as well as its particular sociability and the interactions among its members. Studying the integration and differentiation dynamics, as well as a potential hierarchy within this group of contemporary art collectors, may help understand certain mechanisms upon which the members’ decisions are based, in particular the concept of buying artwork on impulse. This research was done by building a social visibility index for collectors, by studying their role in contemporary art associations, and by conducting thirty-nine comprehensive interviews with private collectors. In this way, we were able to shed light on a true social group and its multifaceted involvement in the art world. We were likewise able to understand the use of contemporary art as a tool for social differentiation or even as a way for an intellectual and economic elite to distinguish itself from the rest of the population, thereby protecting itself from the cultural democratization and maintaining sufficient distance from new economic elites who use contemporary art more selectively as a tool for social and financial status.
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Cyril Mercier. Les collectionneurs d'art contemporain : analyse sociologique d'un groupe social et de son rôle sur le marché de l'art. Sociologie. Université de la Sorbonne nouvelle - Paris III, 2012. Français. ⟨NNT : 2012PA030017⟩. ⟨tel-00831145⟩

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