Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The "Artworld" as constitutive field

"Everbody" draws, paints, sings or writes poetry, but for our purposes for a work to become "officially" recognized it needs an "artworld". In the 80's there was a specific transformation of the modern "artworld" as such. The Basquiat, Keith Haring stories are indicative of those changes. The idea of the charismatic outsider who "accidentally" makes it in on sheer genius and charisma alone is long gone. Now artists "know" they want in and invest themselves financially and diligently to amassing their credentials.

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