Why Medici is the Crowd – Art, Democracy and Crowd-Funding

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“We’re living in a time where the structures around artistic endeavor are, for better or worse, mutating. Record labels, newspapers, publishing houses, and movie studios are collapsing like flan left in the heat. Yet in many ways, the art world has remained the same. This is because only a relatively small amount of people can afford to buy original art, and only a select few galleries have access to these people.

Banksy, the British street artist, says it best: “The Art we look at is made by only a select few. A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say. When you go to an Art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires.”

- Wise words from a comment by Molly Crabapple (who has been called “a downtown phenomenon” by The New York Times and “THE artist of our time” by comedian Margaret Cho) over at Rhizone where she also talks about Kickstarter and the fact that plenty of masked protesters run around with her “Fight the Vampire Squid” image on their signs. Worthwhile checking out.

Meanwhile on Kickstarter: Shell Game: An Art Show About the Financial Meltdown – A Public Art project in East Village, NY by Molly Crabapple

Via BoingBoing.