Art under kleptocracy

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in Aachen. The result was hailed by international head of post-war and contemporary art Brett Gorvy
as confirmation of “a virtuous cycle of confidence

in the


art market”. Another season, another reason for making whoopee.

On the other side of the art market, meanwhile, a more vicious cycle is in operation. The book’s authors quote the usual dismal statistics. It’s depressing enough to learn from the 2011 survey by the Centre for Intellectual

Property, Policy and Management at Bournemouth University that UK artists earn a median wage of £10,000 – unchanged for 20 years – without discovering that the statistic includes designers, illustrators and photographers, and that the top 7% earn 40% of the total. Artists now officially rank as ‘marginalised makers’, a marginal

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constituency politicians aren’t fighting over. The economist Alan Freeman quotes figures showing our ‘creative economy’ growing faster than any other UK production industry, employing 2.5 million people and accounting
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but take out all the advertising, marketing, fashion, IT and other people he counts as ‘creative specialists’,
and the fine artists are still scratching around on the margins.

The book’s cover reminds

shared values, achievements, hopes and aspirations replace brute
greed to lay foundations on which the true individuals of the future can confidently build the new worlds of their choosing” with this trenchant passage from Morris’s lecture Art Under Plutocracy: “So long
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Still, the book contains

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material which, if not revolutionary, is astonishingly inflammatory for a publication part-funded by the Arts Council. Have they src="//"> read it? google_ad_slot = "8637400688"; It

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