The Democratic Muse: Visual Arts and the Public Interest

The Democratic Muse: Visual Arts and the Public Interest

The Democratic Muse: Visual Arts and the Public Interest

The Democratic Muse: Visual Arts and the Public Interest

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To the Editor:

I am sorry that Martha Wilson is "shocked" by the President's recommended cuts in funding for "the arts," which she believes would be "dealt a heavy blow" affecting "the quality of life in America" (letter Feb. 14, 1981).

The worst blow—the unkindest cut—is inflicted when officials and those with a stake in approved high culture decide what "arts" my tax dollar is to support. I am tired of having people confiscate my movie money to buy what they consider esthetically preferable. I welcome the Reagan move toward restoring my right to define what constitutes quality in my life. No matching funds needed, thanks.

—Leonard Rubin
New York Times, March 1, 1981

THIS BOOK is an evaluation of public funding of the visual arts. It assesses the three principal institutions through which such funding is provided—the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the typical art museum, and the public . . .

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