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Amanda Palmer on Art, Money & Transparency

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

AmandaPalmerpayAmanda Palmer has written this excellent piece for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper on the difficult-to-navigate relationship between art, money, and transparency. It’s well worth a read.

Art is a business – and, yes, artists have to make difficult, honest business decisions

By Amanda Palmer

Published Dec. 13 at www.theguardian.com.

The first rule of Art Club? Don’t talk about how you run Art Club – that is, don’t talk about your risks, your losses and definitely don’t discuss your eccentric shortcuts or the expenditures that ultimately win you a customer base. You probably want to avoid even calling them “customers”, even though that’s precisely what your fans are at the point of sale. Even though they may – if you’ve developed a friendly relationship with them – take pride in their role as buyers of your art.

The mostly-unspoken rule that artists aren’t supposed to talk about their businesses reveals plenty about how we tend to think of “art” and “business” as mutually exclusive – and have double (or even triple) standards about what artists are and are not allowed to say about their money and still be considered artists.

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