Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Creativity and Property

An entirely different issue, one that could be a prequel class for our course (and maybe everything) could be an extended discussion of the commodification not just of the artist for the city, but of art, the selling of work as it reflects on the work and how to be an artist that wants to eat and think of their work as a "gift". Several books of course have been written about this, famously and somewhat recently The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde (which I'm really enjoying reading!) considers these issues outside of the city and the use of the artist and more from the perspective of the artist themselves. He asks larger questions about the true value of art and the moral choices that ultimately reflect more on a large society than the individual.
Just a thought, a blogged thought.

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