Thursday, April 17, 2008

State of the Artistic Union

Anyone who is an artist or works in the traditons of art and design in our contemporary world needs to read this article in ArtForum called "State of the Union" about artists and labor and the evolution thereof. The article is by Gregory Sholette and can be read here..

As artists in a post-9/11 world, we find ourselves to be subjects of suspicion. We act strange, and strange is bad in the world we live in today. In other places artists are supported by the state. They are supported by insurance, healthcare, and it's pretty amazing. I think it's frustrating for contemporary artists, so often we're seen as nuisances of contemporary society, getting in the way of people trying to make money or maintain o their bourgie lifestyles. .

And I have lost steam, let me know what you think.


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