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Kuopion koulun kuvataide 1980-1986 : lehdistönäkyvyys ja bourdieulainen taidekenttä (2022)
The media image of "Kuopion koulu" in 1980-1986 and the reception of their art

Vepsä, A. (2022). Kuopion koulun kuvataide 1980-1986 : lehdistönäkyvyys ja bourdieulainen taidekenttä. Kulttuurintutkimus, 39(3), 4-21. https://journal.fi/kulttuurintutkimus/article/view/110986

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All authors or editors: Vepsä, Anna

Journal or series: Kulttuurintutkimus

ISSN: 0781-5751

eISSN: 2490-1792

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 16/11/2022

Volume: 39

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 4-21

Publisher: Kulttuurintutkimuksen seura

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: https://journal.fi/kulttuurintutkimus/article/view/110986

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/84024

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From 1980 to 1986 there was a neo-expressionist art movement that occurred in Kuopio, Eastern Finland. The main painters of the group were Pauno Pohjolainen, Markku Kolehmainen, Pentti Meklin and Teemu Saukkonen. In this article I clarify and distinct the ways that the artist group “Kuopion koulu” was spoken of in between the years 1980–1986. Using discourse analysis as my method I conduct my research by studying the newspaper articles from the particular period. How did the critiques and journalists talk about this artistic phenomenon? What kind of repertoires can we find from the news? As a theoretic base I use the concept of cultural field from Pierre Bourdieu. The main findings and conclusions of my article connect with the summing up the group of individual artists harshly together. Also, the debates that were going on for example between the younger and the older generations of artists in Kuopio, are clearly seen in the newspaper material. They tell us about the phenomenon that was heating up the atmosphere and art speech at the time in the art scene of Eastern Finland.

Keywords: arts life; fine arts; visual artists; artist groups; neo-expressionism; public image; public discussion; journalistic writing; art criticism; letters to the editor; discourse analysis; sociology of art

Free keywords: 1980-luku; Kuopio

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Reporting Year: 2022

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