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Re: Who are artists?

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Kathryn A Rosenfeld (
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 17:10:14 -0500 (EST)

Preserving a distinction between "artist" and "non-artist" seems to me to
be along the same lines as preserving the high art/low art dichotomy. It
doesn't seem very useful, or very relevant to most people's lives,
especially those of students. Haven't humans always created? To me, it
is an instinct, not an acquired profession or an inborn talent. This is
not to romanticize the notion of creativity - I agree that generally one
isn't "born with talent." I always considered myself an aritist because
I had the desire and drive to make art, because it was important to me
and I was engaged in a thought process with it most of the time. Then I
found out that I didn't live up to a lot of the criteria the "real art
world" holds for designating someone an artist. That's when I decided to
teach instead of try to attain to a standard that seemed completely
contrived and useless to me. Isn't our idea of "the artist" as a
rarified being in society a pretty recent one, dictated mostly by Western
and relatively modern constructs like "the art market?" In any case, it
doesn't seem useful for art students in K-12, unless perhaps for a gifted

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