external In Defense of Artists with Day Jobs —edward_winkleman

Back to the assumption (let’s call it a bias) that artists who have a day job are not serious enough to be represented by the more “serious” galleries. My problem with that is, with the way New York (still the biggest concentration of powerful curators, collectors, and critics in the world) is evolving, is how it more and more favors rich artists…

I don’t really understand the bias against artists with day jobs. Deitch implied it represented a lack of seriousness, but what’s serious about being born with a silver paintbrush in your hand?

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  • Wayne

    The ‘elite’ Art world often absorbs a few of the rare talented gem Artists that are born in the real world of jobs and public education, but the same ‘elite’ are more often than not oblivious to 99% of the rare great Artists out there. Who wouldn’t jump in if you were offered the chance to sell your work for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars? Very few could turn it down. The rest of the artists making up the numbers in ‘exclusive’(read expensive) galleries are self important, arse sucking tools, and the vast majority of collectors are even worse. It is embarrassing that a handful of slimy jerks(and, i’m sure, the occasional decent person) are the gatekeepers of the arts, not because they have taste or an eye for good art, quite the contrary, it is just because they happen to be rich, more than likely due to the fact that they were born that way, and as such, have never, and can never experience the full range of human experiences. There is no shame in selling the product of your creative practice for a living, but the world that this article refers to is not ‘The’ Art world, it is rich people with an art hobby.