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 Post subject: Audiences and The Arts
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2001 12:53 am 
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'The untold history of the audience.'<P>'Traditional art scholarship has focused almost entirely on the artists themselves - on their works, influences and legacies. But this is to ignore the force that, now more than ever, dictates the nature and direction of all the arts. In the first of two articles, Brian Hunt looks at the increasingly important and complicated role of the public.'<P>The first part of an article about artists and audiences. The basic thrust is beware of mass markets. <P><BR><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=000148269364269&rtmo=ps1hhpQe&atmo=99999999&pg=/et/01/1/13/bahunt13.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Brian Hunt's article</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Audiences and The Arts
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2001 6:30 am 
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A very thought provoking article. A couple of quotes.<P>"What are today's artists to do, faced by a generation such as ours? We have little incentive to know much about art, but every opportunity to decide what we like."<P>and..<P>"An arts industry has been created on the back of the new publec. It feeds off public wealth and is therefore accountable to public taste. And, like all industries at the beginning of the 21st century, the arts business is increasingly concentrating on a mainstream of mass appeal."<p>[This message has been edited by Maggie (edited January 13, 2001).]


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2001 7:11 am 
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Is Brian Hunt talking here of "dumbing down" of art? Sort of like the "dumbing down" of education? Everything being reduced to its lowest common demoninator? <P>But, one might ask, with so much easy accessibility - what other course is there? Should we not have Chekov on television? It does give those who can't afford a ticket, or are physically incapable, a chance to see Chekov.<P>Unfortunately art as presented does not always find an immediate audience as in the case of Van Gogh. But an audience eventually is found when the art is worthy.<P>I think the problem is that we are dealing with a very subjective subject - audience quality, the worthiness of art, public taste, private taste.


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 Post subject: Re: Audiences and The Arts
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2001 7:53 am 
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In terms of an audience eventually being found if the art is worthy, to late for Van Gogh. If businesses (not related to arts) tried to operate on that concept, they wouldn't exist. Arts organizations, and individual artists must function on some level of "business" to survive. And on top of that, good art in whatever form does not always find an audience/patron/paying public, good marketing or not.<P>Also, I don't think easy accessability is the issue of contention. It comes back again to who the audience or might not be. Additionally, once a form of art has achieved media status, it has already been established on some form of local level. <P>I agree that subjectivity is the problem. However, I don't think that subjectivity can, or should be "done away with." For the audience to be "dumbed down" they have to have something to be "dumbed down" from.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2001 2:32 pm 
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Or perhaps, "dumbed down" could be the status quo?<P>I think that not only art and audiences are affected but also language. The vocabulary of the ordinary person in our society, is only 1/3 third what it was in 1900. But, then of course one could say far more people are literate today - though only perhaps in a mediocre way. Perhaps the same is true of art. <P>And you are right, Maggie, it is a shame that Van Gogh, as I understand it, never sold one painting and profited nothing from his art - and yet - maybe he did. The artist can't help what he is doing, he must do it. And society as a whole knows this and pays for it accordingly. A dancer must dance, a writer must write. Music poured out of Mozart. It pains one to realize that he could never have afforded to pay for his own Requiem Mass.


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Omigod! Like, you know, really!


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 Post subject: Re: Audiences and The Arts
PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2001 5:31 pm 
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well, wazzup with you Maggie? And as for all the rest of you peeps......whatever.....like, kewl....BCNU!!<P>sorry Stuart - it really is an interesting and important thread..<p>[This message has been edited by Basheva (edited January 13, 2001).]


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