Magazine article Art Monthly

Wage Demands

Magazine article Art Monthly

Wage Demands

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WAGE, or Working Artists and the Greater Economy (tagline: 'We demand payment for making the world more interesting.'), held its most recent meeting in New York and outlined plans for greater renumeration for artists whose work supports large, publicly funded institutions. Minutes from the WAGE meeting, museums' responses to letters requesting fees for the loan of artworks, links to related discussions and much more can be found on the group's website and blog. The group champions sentiments such as those proffered to the LA Times by the playwright Edward Albee: 'At present, 90% of the money given to the NEA does not go to creative artists--it goes to institutions and buildings; a kind of "Edifice Complex." Maybe 10% of it goes to the people who do the work that fills these buildings. This is a preposterous distortion of values. Not only should 90% of the money go to creative artists who, if need be, would be perfectly happy to work outdoors, but it should be creative artists who are making the choices as to which creative artists should be given these awards.' www.wageforwork.com

The urgency of WAGE's demands are highlighted by the recent publication of Waging Culture, the annual survey of Canadian artists' earnings (and more) by the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto. …

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