Title: Artistic movement membership and the career profiles of Canadian painters
Authors: Douglas Hodgson - UQAM (Canada) [presenting]
Abstract: Psychologists and economists have studied many aspects of the effects on human creativity, especially that of artists, of the social setting in which creative activity takes place. In the last hundred and fifty years or so, the field of advanced creation in visual art has been heavily characterized by the existence of artistic movements, small groupings of artists having aesthetic or programmatic similarities and using the group to further their collective programme, and, one would suppose, their individual careers and creative trajectories. Certainly this is true of Canadian painting, and such movements as the Group of Seven or the Automatistes are at least as well-known to the general public as the individual artists belonging to them. We econometrically investigate the effect on career dynamics of artists as represented by the life-cycle pattern of prices obtained by their works at auction, in estimating a hedonic regression, pooled over a large sample of Canadian painters, in which variables representing the effect of a number of specific movements on the career price profiles of the members of the movements are included. These pooled movement effects are then compared with individual profiles obtained from individual-level models to gauge the degree to which these latter are influenced by movement membership.