Visual Art and the Middlebrow
Michael Clegg, Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, University of Birmingham, email@example.com
Rebecca Savage, Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, University of Birmingham, RXS411@student.bham.ac.uk
As a scholarly concept, the middlebrow has proved fruitful within literary studies. It has stimulated historical research (Faye Hammill, Nicola Humble, Kristin Bluemel, Emma West and others) into the struggle for cultural authority that marked the mid-20th century ‘battle of the brows’ and provided critical distance on the modernist canon that emerged triumphant within the academy. It has also enabled theoretical work (Beth Driscoll and others) that relates to a range of periods and analyses issues including the construction of cultural hierarchies in the context of class, the gendering of cultural forms, the instrumental use of culture, and the positioning of art in opposition to commerce.
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