The Amateur Library

Art without Market, Art without Education: Political Economy of Art


Anton Vidokle

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What does being professional actually mean under the current conditions of de-skilling in art? We should probably be less concerned with being full-time, art-school-trained, professional artists, writers, or curators – less concerned with measuring our artistic worth in these ways. Since most of us are not expected to perfect any specific techniques or master any craft – unlike athletes or classical musicians, for example – and given that we are no longer tied to working in specific mediums, perhaps it’s fine to be a part-time artist?