You know, anyone who makes it in this life at anything, you always hear, has to go through hell. So I figured, “I’ll just go through hell.”
—Duke Fightmaster, via Aaron Swartz
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.
„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.”