Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Business or pleasure?
Was interviewed on the radio yesterday and the subject of art/business arose. Its really weird but seems there is the perception that artists should be impoverished and that there is somehow a stigma with actually being paid for your work. In the corporate world people who are successful are highly rated, but somehow the minute you put art and business in the same sentence the perception seems to be that this is not in keeping with the archetype of an artist. As the presenter carried on pushing the point, it occured to me if she would have been doing the same were she interviewing an architecht, plumber or a interior designer. ie questioning the tainting of art, with the word 'sell.' As if to sell made one less of a 'true' artist? In the days of patrons this could have applied but a bunch of starving artists means a bunch of people focused on the need to exist rather than the opportunity to create. What's your view?