Art Dirt: What is the Future of Art?

by Glasstire April 12, 2020
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Brandon Zech and Christina Rees discuss how artists and arts workers will adapt to and navigate our new landscape.

“The only people who are going to be making art are people who really are artists and really want to make art. And they’ll have to do it without thinking that they’re going to make a living off of it.” 

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Cynthia Mulcahy April 14, 2020 - 11:32

The current lockdown has made one thing completely clear: how absolutely painful it is not to be able to “go see some art.” Admittedly, not being able to pop in to the DMA, the Nasher, the Meadows, and other local museums and galleries, or Fort Worth outings or art-based trips to other cities is taking its toll on my well being. It’s truly the one aspect of public life I can’t live without for too long.

So thank you, Glasstire, for the 5-minute videos. It’s helping.

Artists will keep making art. I’m sure of that. And right now artists of all kinds, especially, are the ones using their creative skills to make a difference, whether it’s chefs holding fundraisers for affected service industry friends or providing bread to health care workers, visual artists making masks, volunteering, etc. There’s a whole barter system going on to support each other on Instagram right now: eggs and bread traded for greens, porch dropped cookies, chocolate truffles in exchange for seeds, gifts of books, an obscenely loud honking drive-by just to make you laugh.

It’s always the artists.

Sanjay Sharma April 26, 2020 - 21:50

I think you’re dead on that artists will likely be in more grinding jobs and have less time and energy. A big portion of artists who continue to make work will have support from a spouse, parents, or are retired from a past career.
I do hope that people will start to address our cultural assumptions and make some changes.


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