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– Aug 14, 6:00 PM
Management has plateaued, as the time to fly from London to New York. Even Porter's insightful five forces, which has been around for almost half a century, was borrowed from Economics, where it had been lying around for decades. Management…
Alfredo BehrensPopulism has thrown globalization at managers’ faces. Populists have mostly been voted into office, more than we can say of managers. Populists sure know how to please their constituents; better than managers know-how.
The New York Times
– Aug 19, 6:54 AM
For major corporations, shareholders used to be everything. No more. A coalition of executives representing some of America's largest companies issued a statement on Monday that redefines “the purpose of a corporation.” No longer…
Alfredo BehrensThe shift comes at a moment of increasing distress in corporate America, as big companies face mounting global discontent over income inequality, harmful products and poor working conditions.
Marketing Modern Art Museums in Populist Times Abstract of an academic article to be published in 2020 Building on their libertarian and progressive core, modern art museums can adapt to the new economic and political environment, which is less…
Alfredo BehrensConservative populism is blowing hard against what it perceives as intellectual elites. Modern art museums fall into this category and they must adapt to survive the storm. This is the abstract of a paper I will gladly share with those who ask for it.
Should museums' core mission be preserving the world's cultural heritage, or should they use their collections to promote human dignity, social justice, global equality, and planetary well-being? That is the question facing the international museum…
Alfredo BehrensShould museums’ core mission be preserving the world’s cultural heritage, or should they use their collections to promote human dignity, social justice, global equality, and planetary well-being?
Public museums “are the true teachers of a free people”. So said Gottfried Semper—architect, democrat and social reformer—when making the case for London's South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria and Albert Museum)…
Alfredo BehrensToday,,,,it falls to institutions like museums—along with a free media, business, universities, faith bodies and civil society—to preserve the ecology of civic life.
The New York Times
Elizabeth A. Harris
– Jul 22, 5:00 PM
The art handlers at the Guggenheim work under some unusual conditions, having to hang paintings slightly askew and tilted to account for the museum's sloped floors and curved walls. But this spring, the handlers mounted something never before seen…
Alfredo Behrens“Middle people in museums used to think they were part of the top bracket. Now they’re part of the bottom bracket, or at least don’t have anywhere to go.”
In August 1966, a part-time tutor at St Martin's School of Art withdrew a book from the college library. His name was John Latham and the book in question was Art and Culture, an essay collection by the doyen of modernism, Clement Greenberg. But…
Alfredo Behrens'Conceptual art was rebellious to its core, a banger in the face of what it saw as stuffy, elitist modernism.'!
– Oct 22, 2014, 12:19 PM
What's the key to understanding art? Could there be some easy steps to unpacking the meaning of an artwork? I recently wrote an article for The Conversation called Three questions not to ask of art – and four to ask instead, which tackled…
Alfredo Behrens'Here’s a simple three-step method I use, adapted from an old technique by the art historian Erwin Panofsky:
3) Think...Just give yourself a moment to slow down, to look, see and think, and you’ll find something that really speaks to you.'
– Apr 25, 2016, 12:02 AM
A recent article on Maurizio Cattelan's golden toilet art installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York focused on the huge amounts of money that contemporary art can fetch, and concluded that the monetary value of such art highlights economic…
Alfredo Behrens'working-class people see art as not for them, and so they don’t become artists.. The uncertainty of an artist’s career makes it difficult for young working-class people to take on the debt of a fine art degree.