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At 09:25 PM 5/30/96 -0400, Sandra Hildreth wrote:
>Part of a comment from Joanne:
>>At this point in America the only people who supposedly appear to
>>support the "Arts" are those who use it as some sort of investment,
>>or tax break...
>Having taught high school Art for 25 years, I have enjoyed the priviledge
>of being able to produce art when I was moved to do so, of subject and
>style I was personally interested in, and don't particularly care if I sell
>any or not - but I've been well aware of what the "Art market" in America
>is like. And it's really hard to explain to high school students. They see
>examples of contemporary art and ask how some things can sell for tens of
>thousands of dollars. I try to remain non-judgemental and suggest that some
>contemporary art is just so innovative, or provokes such significant
>thinking, or is somehow evolving from earlier art forms - and therefore has
>received much attention. That attention leads to gallery shows and
>purchases by investors and collectors who want to have the very latest
>styles. But the kids have a hard time accepting this - "why is it art?"
>they ask. Because someone created it? Anyone out there have ideas on how
>you can explain this?