How are they[artists] going to support themselves, when the visual arts are so marginalized in this country[US]?

Basically, the only time you hear about the art world is when you hear about some sort of secondary market or auction price that’s out of this world. A very small percentage of artists can support themselves through their work. That was certainly true when I was coming up. I never thought that I’d sell my work, because there was barely an art market then. Now, there’s a huge art market, but unfortunately, many people buy not because they love a work, but because it’s the only speculative bubble left, now that real estate’s not so great.

These are real contradictions. Young people want to be artists, because they want to make commentary and make meaning. On the other end, people want to buy it and sell it, because they can turn a quick profit.

But art will continue to be made, whether it’s textured, musical, movies, visual arts, or buildings. Great work will continue, but how the people who make it can support themselves, that’s a different question.


Barbara Kruger

Bruce Davidson

„Bruce Davidson’s powerful and affecting late 1960s photography on East 100th Street (Harlem, New York) remains a classic documentation of the American ghetto.”

„For two years in the 1960s, Davidson photographed one block in East Harlem. He went back day after day, standing on sidewalks, knocking on doors, asking permission to photograph a face, a child, a room, a family. Through his skill, his extraordinary vision, and his deep respect for his subjects, Davidson’s portrait of the people of East 100th Street is a powerful statement of the dignity and humanity that is in all people.”

your window right – your tree duty

Hundertwasser and the Window Right:

A person in a rented apartment must be able to lean out of his window and scrape off the masonry within arm’s reach. And he must be allowed to take a long brush and paint everything outside within arm’s reach. So that it will be visible from afar to everyone in the street that someone lives there who is different from the imprisoned, enslaved, standardised man who lives next door.

In his nude speeches of 1967 and 1968 Hundertwasser condemned the enslavement of humans by the sterile grid system of conventional architecture and by the output of mechanised industrial production.He rejected rationalism, the straight line and functional architecture. For Hundertwasser, human misery was a result of the rational, sterile, monotonous architecture. He called for a boycott of this type of architecture, and demanded instead creative freedom of building, and the right to create individual structures.In 1972 he published the manifesto Your window right — your tree duty. Planting trees in an urban environment was to become obligatory.

His idea of tree tenants meant basically something like this:

And it would look like this:

Hundertwasser’s first manifesto, published in 1953, was entitled The Straight Line Leads to the Downfall of Humanity. He proclaimed, The eyes’ nervous system perceives the infinite number of straight lines as acute dangers. Man grows mentally ill without knowing why. And An uneven floor is a melody to the feet. I need to repeat this: An uneven floor is a melody to the feet…!!!

Asked if he saw himself as a good architect, he said, No, I don’t… But the others are so bad!

And look at what he did to the heating plant in Vienna! (waste incineration heating plant, that is… it looks like smth out of a fairy tale)

This was a brilliant man….