[artinfo] (fwd) Why Are Artists Poor?
sj at c3.hu
Mon Oct 17 23:55:36 CEST 2016
Most artists earn very little. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of
aspiring young artists. Do they give to the arts willingly or
unknowingly? Governments and other institutions also give to the
arts, to raise the low incomes. But their support is ineffective:
subsidies only increase the artists' poverty.
The economy of the arts is exceptional. Although the arts operate
successfully in the marketplace, their natural affinity is with
gift-giving, rather than with commercial exchange. People believe
that artists are selflessly dedicated to art, that price does not
reflect quality, and that the arts are free. But is it true?
This unconventional multidisciplinary analysis explains the
exceptional economy of the arts. Insightful illustrations from the
practice of a visual artist support the analysis.
Why Are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts
Amsterdam University Press, 2008
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