Why Are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 3/17/2004
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
|The Denial of the Economy|
|Economic Value Versus Aesthetic Value|
|The Selflessly Devoted Artist|
|Money for the Artist|
|The Cost Disease|
|The Power and the Duty to Give|
|The Government Serves Art|
|Art Serves the Government|
|Informal Barriers Structure the Arts|
|Conclusion: a Cruel Economy|
|Epilogue: the Future Economy of the Arts|
|Index of Names|
|Index of Subjects|