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Brian Sherwin 's comment on Art and Politics: Why there should be a balance of political views expressed visually at public funded art museums

Brian Sherwin
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George. Jean -- Concerning the suggestion of not supporting art exhibits with public funds. You may be surprised to find that many artists agree with you-- the idea being that the majority of artists don't benefit from that support anyway so in the end it would not make anything more difficult for them if public funding were pulled.

In fact, I know of artists who avoid involvement with public funded venues for the simple fact that they don't agree with public funds being used to support exhibits.

George -- The problem is that⦠at least with the mainstream contemporary art world⦠art critics and others tend to be the ones who dictate what is an 'art treasure' or not. Considering that most of the top art critics in the United States are outspoken supporters of the Democrat party it appears to me that they likely take that rhetoric into their professions when deciding what to write about.

Obviously I can't prove that-- but I do know that if you look at what some of the 30 years in the field critics have chosen to write about you will find few examples that go outside of their political ideology when politics is an issue of the artwork. The same can be said of a some prominent museum art directors-- Jeffrey Deitch at MOMA comes to mind.

The art world is highly political today because of these professionals. Artists have long explored politics in art -- it is a historic staple of artistic creation. That said, in the last 30 years alone it is clear that the majority of the professionals within the art world have locked down on specific issues-- and that there is little room in their 'world' for themes that go outside of the scope of what they support socially and politically within their personal lives.

That is the problem -- at least in my eyes. It is a disservice to future generations-- a historical lie that could easily be covered up in the past... but not so much in the age of the Internet.



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