Creativity as Philanthropy

by George Magalios One cannot speak of creativity, or art, without a parallel discussion on capital and its exchange. All art today is a tangible product destined for some sort of transactional exchange. In the not too-distant past, artworks were products of religious rituals whose function could not be separated from piety and devotion, from communal religiosity and the sacred. Today’s paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper have become commodities and symbols of status, traded like stocks among the very rich and hoarded in a buying frenzy that amounts to a very complex and sophisticated form of money...

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