Artists – be they painters or sculptors, musicians or even authors – need sponsors. They need patrons. In our commercial age, there is of course the market, through which some artists can succeed. Those are few though, and the so-called market often plays hard-to-get, prefers art and culture to be free of charge, and is also extremely fickle.
And since the arts are about taste – and this varies greatly – most artists try to avoid being held hostage by popular demand. And so what are we left with? We are all convinced that the soul of a society is nurtured by the arts that its members create, but how are our artists to survive?
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