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Art Systems and Cultural Policy

39 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2009 Last revised: 9 Sep 2010

John Henry Merryman

Stanford University

Date Written: October 15, 2009


The first part of this article describes the unique American art system and contrasts it with art systems in other countries. The second part describes what I call the "New Cultural Policy" and its growing impact on the American art system. We begin with the notion of an art system.

Keywords: American art system, art systems

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Merryman, John Henry, Art Systems and Cultural Policy (October 15, 2009). Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1489612. Available at SSRN: or

John Henry Merryman (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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