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GRAW, Isabelle. The value of the art commodity Twelve theses on human labor, mimetic desire, and aliveness. ARQ (Santiago) [online]. 2017, n.97, pp.130-145. ISSN 0717-6996.

The difficulty to know how to calculate the market value of an artwork lies on a simple fact: we don’t know where its value comes from. We may accept that art does have value, but we can’t find a common ground to explain why an artwork has more value than other. Through twelve theses, which recover Marx’s value theory by understanding artworks as commodities, this text provides a response to the question: where does the value of an artwork lie?

Keywords : Marx; theory; artwork; gift; animism.

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