Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/181377
Authors: 
Abbing, Hans
Year of Publication: 
2008
Abstract: 
Most artists earn very little. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of aspiring young artists. Do they give to the arts willingly or unknowingly? Governments and other institutions also give to the arts, to raise the low incomes. But their support is ineffective: subsidies only increase the artists' poverty. The economy of the arts is exceptional. Although the arts operate successfully in the marketplace, their natural affinity is with gift-giving, rather than with commercial exchange. People believe that artists are selflessly dedicated to art, that price does not reflect quality, and that the arts are free. But is it true? This unconventional multidisciplinary analysis explains the exceptional economy of the arts. Insightful illustrations from the practice of a visual artist support the analysis.
Subjects: 
Culture and institutions
Historical treatment of fine and decorative arts
Economics
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ISBN: 
978-90-5356-565-0
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/
Document Type: 
Book
Document Version: 
Published Version
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