Supporting living artists is important because it allows them to actively contribute to the contemporary art world, sustain their careers and livelihoods, foster the growth and development of the art world, provide a personal and direct connection to the art and artist, and help to diversify the art world.
1. Contribution to the contemporary art world
One of the main reasons to support living artists is that they are able to actively participate in and contribute to the contemporary art world. While the work of deceased artists can be appreciated and studied, it is not being created in the present moment and therefore cannot engage with current cultural and social issues in the same way. For example, a living artist may create works that address environmental concerns, politics, racial injustice, or other pressing issues, and their art can be exhibited and discussed in the context of these topics. In this way, living artists are able to contribute to the ongoing conversation about art and society in a way that deceased artists cannot.
2. Sustaining careers and livelihoods
Another reason to support living artists is that it helps to sustain their careers and livelihoods. Many artists struggle to make a living from their work, and purchasing art from living artists can help to support them financially and allow them to continue creating. This is especially important for emerging artists or those who have not yet reached a level of financial stability through their art. By supporting these artists directly, you can help to ensure that they are able to continue creating and sharing their work with the world.
3. Fostering the growth and development of the art world
Supporting living artists can also help to foster the growth and development of the art world. When you purchase art from an emerging artist, you are investing in their future and helping to build their career. This can have a ripple effect, as the artist may go on to gain wider recognition and reach a larger audience, which can in turn help to expose more people to contemporary art and broaden the cultural dialogue.
4. Personal and direct connection to the art and artist
Working with living artists also allows for a more personal and direct connection to the art and the artist. When you purchase art from a living artist, you have the opportunity to have conversations with them about their work, ask questions about their process, and learn more about their motivations and inspiration. This can add an extra layer of meaning and appreciation to the art, as you have a deeper understanding of the artist's perspective and intentions.
5. Diversifying the art world
Finally, supporting living artists can help to diversify the art world. Many artists from marginalized communities face barriers to success in the art world, including lack of access to resources, networks, and opportunities. By supporting these artists, you can help to break down these barriers and create a more inclusive art world. This is important because art should reflect the diversity of society and provide a platform for a range of voices and perspectives. By supporting living artists from diverse backgrounds, you can help to ensure that a wider range of perspectives are represented in the art world.
By supporting living artists, we can not only appreciate and engage with their work, but also play a role in shaping the future of the art world and ensuring that a range of voices and perspectives are represented.
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