The Death of the Artist: Resources / Reading


Advocacy Organizations:

CreativeFuture. A coalition of hundreds of companies and organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals across the creative industries that advocates for the economic value of creativity, the protection of copyright, and the prevention of digital theft.

Future of Music Coalition. Education, research, and advocacy for musicians.

Artists Rights Alliance. Fights for a revitalized and sustainable music ecosystem for musicians, performers, and songwriters.

Music Workers Alliance. Fights for economic justice and fair working conditions for musicians in live venues and the digital domain.

Union of Musicians and Allied Workers. Organizes music workers to fight for a more just music industry and a better society.

Musicians for Musicians. Brings musicians together in the cause of mutual betterment.

National Independent Venue Association. Coalition of 3000+ independent music and other theatrical venues.

W.A.G.E. (Working Artists in the Greater Economy). Works to establish sustainable economic relationships between visual artists and the institutions they work for and a more equitable distribution of revenues in the art world economy.

Alternative Economic Models:

OurGoods. Resource-sharing network for creative people.

Artists at Work. Public-private partnership piloting WPA-style model of artists’ support.


Art and Money:

Hans Abbing, Why Are Artists Poor?

Ann Bauer, “‘Sponsored’ by My Husband: Why It’s a Problem That Writers Never Talk about Where Their Money Comes From”

Molly Crabapple, “Filthy Lucre”

Ben Davis, 9.5 Theses on Art and Class

Lewis Hyde, The Gift

Ben Lerner, 10:04 (novel)

A.O. Scott, “The Paradox of Art as Work”

The New Conditions:

Jessica Hische, “Should I Work for Free?” (flowchart)

Tim Kreider, “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!”

David Lowery, “Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss?”

n+1 (editorial), “The Free and the Antifree”

Rain Perry, The Shopkeeper (documentary film)

Scott Timberg, Culture Crash

Artists on Making a Living Today:

Lucy Bellwood, untitled talk at XOXO Festival 2016

Sharon Louden, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life and The Artist As Culture Producer

Manjula Martin, ed., Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

Individual Arts:

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, “The Lemming Market”

Jason Bailey, “How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation of Iconic Filmmakers MIA” 

Jace Clayton, Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture

Chad Harbach, ed., MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction

Travis Kurowski, et al., eds., Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century

Lynda Obst, Sleepless in Hollywood

John Seabrook, The Song Machine

Roger White, The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st-Century Art World

The History of “Art”:

Larry Shimer, The Invention of Art

Raymond Williams, Keywords (entries on “art,” “creative,” “genius,” “originality”)

Creativity and “Creativity”:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity

Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class

Art Schools:

Coco Fusco, “Debating an MFA? The Lowdown on Art School Risks and Returns”

Jessica Loudis, et al., eds., Should I Go To Grad School?

Mark McGurl, The Program Era

Nancy Popp, “Dismantling Art School”

Martha Rosler, “School, Debt, Bohemia: on the Disciplining of Artists”

Howard Singerman, Art Subjects: Making Artists in the American University

Piracy, Copyright, and Big Tech:

Brian Day, “Online Piracy… It’s Different” (video)

Franklin Foer, World Without Mind

Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?

Chris Ruen, Freeloading

Ellen Seidler, Vox Indie (site with posts and links)

Astra Taylor, The People’s Platform

Jonathan Taplin, Move Fast and Break Things

David Wallace-Wells, “The Pirate’s Prophet: On Lewis Hyde”

Additional Sources:

Arthur Danto, After the End of Art

Malcolm Harris, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials

Dave Hickey, Air Guitar and Pirates and Farmers

Harold Rosenberg, Discovering the Present and The Tradition of the New

Amy Whitaker, Art Thinking