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Art and Fine Wine: A Case Study in the Aestheticization of Consumption


Negrin, L, Art and Fine Wine: A Case Study in the Aestheticization of Consumption, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 29, (3) pp. 419-433. ISSN 1030-4312 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10304312.2015.1025357


This paper examines the reasons for the increasing association between art and fine wine in recent times. It argues that this convergence is part of a wider phenomenon where art has increasingly been employed to market ‘lifestyle’ commodities such as fashion and haute cuisine, and explains this with reference to the increased importance placed on aesthetics in the process of consumption in postmodern culture. In this context, art serves as an apt vehicle for promoting the idea of consumption as style insofar as it symbolizes a mode of life which transcends crass materialism. At the same time as it is used for commercial purposes, art is only able to perform this function by disavowing its own commodity status.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Art, fine wine, lifestyle commodities
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Visual cultures
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Negrin, L (Dr Llewellyn Negrin)
ID Code:99074
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2015-03-12
Last Modified:2016-10-03

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