David Galenson: ‘an idiot’ or a ‘great cultural economist’

As a spectator sport, it’s fun to watch the wide range of reactions that David Galenson’s work provokes.

On one side, “The art historians and art critics won’t look at my work,” Galenson says. “They just assume I’m an idiot.”

One the other, Richard Robert at prestigious Sciences Po in Paris considers Galenson one of the great cultural economists.(“l’un des grands noms de l’économie de la culture.”)

That quote is from an article praising Galenson’s studies of the development of new art forms in the 20th century. Robert says they open the way to understanding the birth of the information economy.


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