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Pure Capitalism is Antithetical to Pure Art

Maybe I’m just betraying my romantic side, but when we study art in history (at least, in my formal education), we tend to look at European art, or Asian art, or cave art. But we rarely talk about American art. That’s because there isn’t much art coming out of America. Not art for the sake of art.

We make a lot of movies, but most people (I think) agree those aren’t focused on art. We draw or design a lot of artistic things, from movie posters to advertisements for the newest iPad, but most of what we draw or design in America is for commercial purposes.

Your novel, or painting, or sculpture doesn’t get any attention unless someone can sell it, make money off of it. And I’m not saying that’s wrong. But that separates creative people into two categories; those who are marketable and those that aren’t (or those who don’t know the right people). This division has little or nothing to do with talent or creativity.

What I’m trying to do here is connect a couple of my posts. I asked why you create something, and would you do it even if you couldn’t make money at it. And I suggested there should be a Minor Leagues of Creative endeavors.

I would love to read your ideas on how creative people can get their works looked at, even if there’s no money changing hands, so that people can give input, maybe rate each other’s work, and give talent scout-types something they can grab onto. The reason most agencies don’t really want to look at new writers and such is that they are untested. Surely there’s a way to create a Craigslist or something like it for creative people to show their work, share it, get input, and then get some professional eyes on it.



8 thoughts on “Pure Capitalism is Antithetical to Pure Art

  1. “Ideas?” – Very challenging. You ask some overwhelming questions or at least immeasurably heavy, giving the impression that ask “what time?” I think that the base of your question is absolutly right but, as long as the consumerism remains a perennial trend, there are not too many things to do. Maybe I am wrong but my impression is that the rest of world is about to be contaminated with spirit of “pure capitalism” rather than America to adopt a “pure artistic” style (as main course). Perhaps the problem of return to the pure art may find only a global solution on a global scale and only after the entire world will be experienced the pure capitalism that made today the art and the commerce to be so inseparable. However the problem belongs, to the same extent, to the artist and to his audience, less that it belongs to traders. I hope the discussion you proposed will be developed because, somehow, the idea comes by speaking, and, sometime, the maieutics can bring surprising results.

  2. I’d love to figure it out too! Maybe this post will bring the answers. I’ve been frustrated as I read all these “best selling” Kindle books that are really not art at all, but strings of words so-called writers have put together in what they loosely call a book. I may not be the world’s greatest writer, but I study my craft, and I practice my art and still I’m shouting in the forest. Thanks for this post.

    • Keep shouting. Someone will hear. Truth is, I like your metaphor because I don’t want to get rid of the forest. I’d just like to see more people visit it and respect it.

  3. ‘trouble is, even if you stumble across a good idea, it will be swallowed up by Jabba the Hut Commercialism and will soon be conveyor-belted in order to justify the investment (‘we put money into this, we can’t let it fail’). So many things are zen-like new (I still think of that open chord to the Beatles’ ‘Hard Day’s Night’) and succesful – even perfect – in themselves without being famous. The need (or necessity) for successialism (yes, sic) would seem just and fair and sharing (otherwise I might never have heard the Beatles) but I wonder if it should be courted? I don’t know. The question, then, would become: how to keep being creative – rather than productive – despite one’s success (the Beatles managed it for about six years?).

    I’m quite enjoying putting my work onto my blog (I’m published! I’m famous … to about three people!). My work is there – tons of it – but even within the community of WordPress and their ‘readers’ and ‘tags’ and ‘follows’ still only get stumbled upon adventitiously and anybody outside WordPress is limitedd should they want to ‘follow up’ my work. Likewise I go searching for stuff I’d really like to find and get millions of pages which don’t fit the desire at all. I’m sure there is brilliant stuff out there but search engines (and, I suppose, cataloguing) cannot match it and me. Strangely I get spammed a lot by pages offering to optimise my search-return … but we are back to the mindless and blindness of commercialism again. So maybe the answer is to create a niche ‘within’ searching which is NOT for making money but for linking art. Maybe a Creativity Search Engine needs to be created, one which specialises in linking rather than marketing … dunno.

    • A Creativity Search Engine isn’t a bad idea. That’s why I thought a clearinghouse for creative endeavors could work, if someone could jump start it. It doesn’t have to be about making money, but it shouldn’t be opposed to the notion, either.

      • It could be called ‘Creatal’ (i.e. ‘Creativity’ with the suffix ‘al’ – a landscape of creativity, a nation of creativty). Existing search engines organise traffic so that you get thousands of possible pages from your one, simple search – the better for you to make a choice, the very heartbeat of marketing. A Creatal would be like a post code (zip code) exchange, wherein your search would be specific and fairly complicated and return a handful of pages particular to your creative drive – the better for you to cultivate a ‘coffee shop environment’, a ‘studio environment’, a ‘salon environment’ … actually this sounds more like social networking / creative networking … maybe we could call it ‘Book-keeping’ (… no, ‘Canvas’) … we wouldn’t have searches, so much, as profiles (‘have got; must have’).

        Unfortunately I haven’t got the faintest idea how to engineer all this but it is nonetheless very exciting …

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