Friday, January 11, 2008

No trickle down here

I have a post over at Art and Perception on exploitative aspects of art - especially those charging five figure numbers for photographs of people in disadvantaged situations.
There is nothing patently wrong about the price - hey, that's why they built the gallery in the first place - but the question as to what percentage of this amount goes back to the disadvantaged who willingly posed for the artist. Visiting Yossi Milo gallery and looking at the hyena men set me thinking about this.

Related statistic: Percentage of American's who said they were among the 'have-nots' in 1988 and 2007, respectively: 17, 34 (Source: Harpers Index)

Andy Werhol, Dollar Sign, 1981, Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas, 90" x 70"

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