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In a message dated 8/21/00 1:04:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time, djash
<< the designer of the Nike swish made 7.5
million dollars the first year his logo ran. His contract: every time
his logo was used he got a nickel..... Oh ya! It's just art all right!!!
And how great it is... in sooooo many ways! Wonder how much he's made
since then???? >>
Let's add: Picasso was a millionaire before he was thirty. Dali was no
slouch. Look at Warhol. And what about Jasper Johns or Jackson Pollock? I
don't recall seeing any of these people on wefare rolls. Well some did WPA
but those were difficult times for everyone. Michelangelo, Rafael, etc. were
as well known in their time as Michael Jordan today. And another thing....why
is it that people think that all the thousands of artists that have made the
history books did not make a living with their art? Think about it. They did
not do anything else yet they fed their families, put roofs over their heads,
and clothed their bodies. Frequently they did so in style. Look at Monet's
home in Giverny. I think that documentaries have made the mistake of focusing
on the first lean and hungry years of these artists and have failed to point
out how they lived after they became successes. Whether being supported by a
patron or selling work in a gallery, etc., it would be called "making a
living". We just don't go to an office every day. I had a student tell me
that that was her parents' definition of a real job! How sad.
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