Agir dans le domaine des arts plastiques. Dispositifs publics et dynamiques locales
Edited by Marie Deniau, Voiron, Territorial Editions, France, 2013, 96 pages, ISBN - paper format: 978-2-8186-0526-4, ISBN - digital format: 978-2-8186-0527-1
In France, from the 1960s to the present day, public policies for the visual arts have steadily expanded growing in both consistency and complexity. They are now based on a combination of responsibilities shared between the different levels of intervention (state, regions, departments, cities), which conceived and implemented a wide range of instruments: acquisitions of works, subsidies, individual grants, financial supports to galleries and publishers, tax regulations, the system of public order, the direct management of project or institution, the artistic 1% (legal obligation to devote 1% of public construction budget towards works of artistic value), etc.
The volume Agir dans le domaine des arts plastiques - Dispositifs publics et dynamiques locales analyses the situation in a didactic way. The first part outlines the means of state intervention. The second part analyses first the "territorialisation" of visual arts in the frame of the decentralization. It is also dedicated to tools and methods developed by local authorities and focuses on highly instructive examples and experiences carried out not only by regions and large cities but also by small towns in rural areas.
In this way, the overview shows that, despite the very important role of the market in this sector, public action has become essential to promote and disseminate visual arts all around the country.
But if the French situation seems favourable, the quoted figures remind that this sector remains the "stepchild" of the public cultural budgets and policies. Moreover, the ideal of democratization (make art available to as many people as possible) is far from being achieved.
That is why this publication attempts to serve as an incentive and be a tool for action.
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