Reviewer copies on arts management

Are you interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest developments, research, and projects in international arts management? Then our review copies may be of interest for you. You can choose any of the books listed below in exchange for a review. We also offer copies of current non-English books for reviews in English. Just write us an e-mail with your preferred book from our list or your suggestion to: 

Liam Dee, Against Art and Culture, Springer 2018.

Offering a negative definition of art in relation to the concept of culture, this book establishes the concept of ‘art/culture’ to describe the unity of these two fields around named-labour, idealised creative subjectivity and surplus signification. Contending a conceptual and social reality of a combined ‘art/culture’, this book demonstrates that the failure to appreciate the dynamic totality of art and culture by its purported negators is due to almost all existing critiques of art and culture being defences of a ‘true’ art or culture against ‘inauthentic’ manifestations, and art thus ultimately restricting creativity to the service of the bourgeois commodity regime.

Benita Lipps, Engaging Stages: Good Practice in Creative Audience Development, DaVinci Institute Editions 2017.

Engaging Stages is a hands-on guide for theatre makers and creative leaders to inform and inspire about strategic approaches to public engagement. Published by the Theatron Engaging Stages Network Europe, it contains 30 contributions and case studies from 17 leading performing arts organisations in 10 European countries.

Constance DeVereaux, Arts and Cultural Management. Sense and Sensibilities in the State of the Field, Routledge 2018.

Arts and Cultural Management: Sense and Sensibilities in the State of the Field opens a conversation that is much needed for anyone identifying arts management or cultural management as primary areas of research, teaching, or practice. In the evolution of any field arises the need for scrutiny, reflection, and critique, as well as to display the advancements and diversity in approaches and thinking that contribute to a discipline’s forward progression. While no one volume could encompass all that a discipline is or should be, a representational snapshot serves as a valuable benchmark.

Jim Volz, Introduction to Arts Management, Bloomsbury Publishing 2017.

ntroduction to Arts Management offers a unique, dynamic and savvy guide to managing a performing or visual arts organization, be that an arts center, theatre, museum, art gallery, symphony orchestra, or other arts company. For those training to enter the industry, workers in arts administration, or those seeking to set up their own company, the wealth of expert guidance and direct, accessible style of this authoritative manual will prove indispensable.

Josephine Caust, Arts Leadership in Contemporary Contexts, Routledge 2018.

This book explores and critiques different aspects of arts leadership within contemporary contexts. While this is an exploration of ways arts leadership is understood, interpreted and practiced, it is also an acknowledgement of a changing cultural and economic paradigm. Understanding the broader environment for the arts is therefore part of the leadership imperative.

Simone Wesner, Artists’ Voices in Cultural Policy. Careers, Myths and the Creative Profession after German Unification, Palgrave 2018.

This volume examines visual artists’ careers in the East German region of Saxony, as seen through the lens of cultural policy studies. The book discusses how myth binaries, memory layers and identity markers shaped artists professional lives in an interwoven and fluid approach following German unification, taking a fresh look at the intricacies of visual artists’ careers within the specifics of the cultural, social and political changes. It surveys artists’ professional practice and work under the new framework of the professional class, and discusses the implications for the profession of artists with special reference to visual artists. Simone Wesner looks beyond geographical and political contexts and provides the reader with a longitudinal narrative that produces a revised understanding of artists’ careers within the cultural policy context.