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Re: Kinkade-mass producing artist/millionaire

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kprs_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Nov 28 2001 - 07:07:10 PST


I speak to my students all the time about the artist and
money. Money comes with strings attached. Personally I
wouldn't take the money (I know I hear all of you
say...how does she know she wouldn't)...but I wouldn't. I
don't make art for money...I would NOT accept National
Endowment for the Arts money either...why? It's the
taxpayers' money, and there is a whole slew of strings
attached there...

I teach for money because I provide a service for that
money. I make art for personal goals, messages that I
think need to be said, or just for the heck of it. I don't
need 'patrons'..

But, if you are one of those artists that works
commercially, or through a sort of 'patronage' system,
then don't cry censorship to me! Money comes with a whole
set of rules.

I went to the Norman Rockwell museum a couple of weekends
ago. I never really liked his work, but went to learn
about his work. He has always been to "democratic" (for
lack of a better term~ and I don't mean it in political
sense, more in an 'acceptance by all' sense) for my
sensibilities. One thing that struck me was a video with
him, where he actually says "I am not making art, I know
that. Believe me I know that" (He went to the art
students' league~so I attributed that remark to the fact
that his early work was from that venue). Ironically,
while looking at his paintings, I got a greater
appreciation for his work and craftsmanship!

As for what art is and isn't.....part of my definition is
that art "must speak", and for some, Rockwell and Kincade
speak volumes. Even if the pieces make you avert your
eyes, and actually both are 'eye candy' to me, these
artists still make you look!

San D

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