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Art And Globalization: Then And Now

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In this chapter, the author highlights that it is undeniable that we have entered a new era of globalization both in general and with respect to art. But, on the other hand, with just a little pressure, the notion of globalization in both respects appears to come apart. The concept of globalization, construed as a Hegelian zeitgeist, is not a fruitful way to articulate the change. In Bali, there are traditional artists engaged in reproducing the statues of gods and goddesses which populate the many Hindu temples on the island. Artworks have perennially crossed cultural and ethnic boundaries, if not as barter, then as plunder. China was involved in a lively trade in porcelain long before Europe became interested in these art works. The art worlds of different cultures were distinct, segregated in virtue of their diverse traditions of making and meaning, of articulation and interpretation.

Keywords: art; China; Chinese artists; Europe; globalization; Hegelian zeitgeist

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