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Are The Arts Losing Their Soul to Anonymity?
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011 @ 16:38:50 UTC

Making art and running cultural institutions is a joyously complex and messy business. It's always going to be a balancing act between money and art, high aspirations and low cunning. We're always going to find it difficult to explain to the government and the electorate exactly what art is for. In a modern world that buys and sells information and luxury, the arts deal in something very different: wisdom, a complex, challenging, lifelong search that can make you happy and furious, discontented and questioning, elated or bored. It doesn't educate or inform or make you a better citizen. We belittle art when we make it into information or luxury. Wisdom can hurt, but human beings will always seek it out. Complete Article







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