Why Are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy of the Arts

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Table of Contents
Preface11
1 Sacred Art Who Has the Power to Define Art?17
1 Art is What People Call Art 18
2 Cultural Inferiority and Superiority Color the Economy of the Arts 20
3 'Art is Sacred' 23
4 'Art is Authentic' 25
5 'Art is Superfluous and Remote' 27
6 'Art Goes Against the Rules and so Adds to Cognition' (Goodman) 28
7 'Artists Resemble Magicians' (A personal view) 29
8 The Mythology of the Arts Influences the Economy of the Arts 30
9 Conclusion 32
2 The Denial of the Economy Why Are Gifts to the Arts Praised, While Market Incomes Remain Suspect?34
1 The Arts Depend on Gifts and Trade 38
2 The Amount of Donations and Subsidies is Exceptional 40
3 'Art that is Given Must not be Sold' 42
4 'The Market Devalues Art' 44
5 The Arts Need the High Status of the Gift Sphere 46
6 The Economy in the Arts Is Denied and Veiled 47
7 A Dual Economy Requires Special Skills 48
8 Conclusion 50

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