Venice, So Much To Answer For…

imageAccording to many in the establishment, Jeremy Deller takes aim at the establishment Oh please, do behave!…

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Art is a niche profession. The last few decades it has become an industry. This industry is mostly funded by government. There is too much product, not enough buyers and a luxury market distorting the importance of product in the economy itself. Thousands of people have become educated and committed to working in field which generates little real income. The institutional / academic art is a false economy as is the top end of the art world. Educating more artists, administrators and art instructors will not help the economics of the art world - increased government funding only gives the illusion of importance not all that different than the mega rich making it look like art is a major industry. Everyone seems vested in the industry and not the artwork. Not sure we need the ‘pieces’ themselves anymore. I would have people make art and have ‘it’ subsidized rather than have more jobs in the arts. Then the art work would be important, not the art world.
Kelly Leichert commenting on The Art Newspaper article ‘A sad reflection on the art world
Review: Tristram Aver show at GX Gallery

My decision to take in a show is mostly now dependent on digital publicity. However, you’re never quite sure what you are going to find. Even the most mundane work is now beautifully gift-wrapped in electronic format, raising both spirit and profile with scant effort. Yes, the saturated market and shameless promotion has great potential to deceive. Fortunately, a jaunt to GX in Camberwell on Friday was definitely one of my better calls…

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Volunteering perils of the Twitter-sphere

At a time when the whole country is gushing in celebration of volunteers, it is with a profound sense of irony that I comment on my recent and rather unfortunate volunteering experience in London 2012 at the hands of a UK National Museum. I can not begin to express how wonderful it is to volunteer. Truly enjoyable and inspiring. I learned so much and shared the knowledge generously, I whole-heartedly recommend it. And yet, I am considered “no longer suitable to participate in the museum’s volunteer programme”. So where did it all go wrong?

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My Top Twenty ‘Art’ Tweets

Quite revealing to review my 2000+ tweets. Equally amazed to find that amongst the rages, rants, angst and stupidity there are perhaps a few worth listing…

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