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Why Does Art Matter? Why Should We Support The Arts?

Economic rationalists would point out that most artists are economically unviable.

That is true, unfortunately.

  • Julian Burnside
  • Daily Review

Creative artists generally have miserable incomes from their art, and survive by teaching or waiting on tables.

Performing artists do not have it much better; depending on their speciality, they may have just as difficult a time as creative artists.

Van Gogh 3c good photo LLLLEconomic rationalists would argue that pouring money into the arts makes no sense unless the consumer considers the transaction to deliver a nett benefit to them.

The economic rationalist will buy the painting which delivers them the greatest pleasure for the lowest price, even allowing that a…

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