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ARTWASH: BIG OIL AND THE ARTS. Mel Evans. Pluto Press, London, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 218 pp. with 27 ills. 23 x 14 cm. ISBN 9780745335896 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 164945. Publisher's description: As major oil companies face continual public backlash, many have found it helpful to engage in "art washing"--donating large sums to cultural institutions to shore up their good name. But what effect does this influx of oil money have on these institutions? Artwash explores the relationship between funding and the production of the arts, with particular focus on the role of big oil companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell. Reflecting on the role and function of art galleries, Artwash considers how the association with oil money might impede these institutions in their cultural endeavors. Outside the gallery space, Mel Evans examines how corporate sponsorship of the arts can obscure the strategies of corporate executives to maintain brand identity and promote their public image through cultural philanthropy. Ultimately, Evans sounds a note of hope, presenting ways artists themselves have challenged the ethics of contemporary art galleries and examining how cultural institutions might change.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164944
Hardcover $70.00    

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