The American Art System and the New Cultural Policy


Publish Date:
October 15, 2009
Publication Title:
Stanford Public Law Working Paper
Working Paper
  • John Henry Merryman, The American Art System and the New Cultural Policy, Stanford Public Law Working Paper, No. 1489612 (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 the New Cultural Policy and its growing impact on the American art system. The conclusion suggests that the New Cultural Policy, inimical to the American art system, is also leading the entire art world in the wrong direction. We begin with the notion of an art system.