A Manifesto for Being Correct in the Arts

Posted by marc garrett | Tue May 13th 2014 10:30 a.m.

A Manifesto for Being Correct in the Arts

You’ve been to the correct schools and universities

You’ve been to the correct galleries & museums

You’ve been to the correct conferences & festivals

You’ve said the correct things to the correct people

You’ve supported the correct artists & correct canons

You’ve pulled rank on less correct individuals & groups

You’ve given prizes to the correct individuals & groups

You’ve chosen the correct route to boost your status

You’ve chosen the correct route to boost your power

You’re so correct you may not even know this is about you...

  • Glenn LaVertu | Tue May 13th 2014 10:42 a.m.
    To be honest, and while I even sympathize with some of the sentiments, this comes off more like a manifesto for the begrudged and grumpy artist.
    There are very few of us (artists) that this actually applies to. If everyone is tired of the same 'ol privileged tactics in rising the ranks of the art market, I think it would be much better off calling it out as being a corporate institution and discrediting (or ignoring?) its value in our culture. Somehow the culture has to be reinvented. I am doing my bid by refusing sales of my work to anybody with a high yearly salary, and for lowering the prices (or to trade) so that others can collect.
    I suppose more needs to be done, but I am not in support of this kind of attack.
  • marc garrett | Tue May 13th 2014 11:13 a.m.
    Hi Glenn,

    Much thanks for your thoughts on the matter...

    It's more of a polemic on the conditions that dominated freedom of expression.

    It is not proposing an absolute, just for individuals & groups to explore where alternatives may exist, rather than just going through the motions of being directed by social scripts dominating our societal behaviours.

    A disruption for a pause ;-)

    wishing you well.

    marc

  • Glenn LaVertu | Tue May 13th 2014 11:41 a.m.
    Yes. True. I can see it as that.
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