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Culture in the Marketplace: Gender, Art, and Value in the American Southwest
In the early twentieth century, a group of elite East coast women turned to the American Southwest in search of an alternative to European-derived concepts of culture. In Culture in the Marketplace Molly H. Mullin provides a detailed narrative of the growing influence that this network of women had on the Native American art market—as well as the influence these activities ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 20th 2001 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 2001)
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The focus of "Culture in the Marketplace" is fairly narrow - it is mainly just a study of early twentieth century white female patrons of Indian art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It wouldn't recommend this to anyone without an academic interest in the area. Her argument is quite compelling and thoughtful, drawing out some interesting points on the nature of shopping or collecting and the influence this can have on Indian artists and communities. Mullin's method of writing in a fairly personal tone, ...more