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Sketch Club 2 – Dougie Chowns

ASTONISH ME!

By Dougie Chowns

Art is many things to many people. My ex 1950’s writer colleague, a London poet, art writer and critic in 1991, when lecture touring in NZ, said “Dougie, what you must understand is that art has nothing to do with art, it has everything to do with money”

He was talking about the art industry, that is, the big time, big money business where interestingly, the actual artists - the producers of artwork, are but a tiny percentage of those involved. They only provide the product. Their name with publicity becomes legend and like the music industry those names generate a whole enterprise that many benefit from - not always the artist, however.

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