Many artists, few rewards



Part of the ASFA BBQ.
The talk is open to the public, free of charge. The talk will be held in English.

The average artist has a low income, is little recognized and has little voice. Most likely after some preliminary enthusiastic years also his work satisfaction is likely to go down. This phenomenon exists already for many decades. The economist has a hard time explaining it. He would expect fewer youngsters to become artist and more artists to leave the profession, with as a consequence that after a while the number of artists would go down, while rewards would become higher. This is not what happens. The sociologist is better equipped to explain the “willingness” of artists to work for low incomes. It is an inclination and not a matter of choice, an inclination which is part of a persistent art ethos, which nowadays works against the majority of artists.

Hans Abbing writes on the economy of the arts and his books include Why are artists poor?, University of Amsterdam Press, 2002 and Value of Art: A Sociological Study of Art and the Arts-Economy, University of Amsterdam Press, 2012. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Art at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, and in the Cultural Studies Department at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Organized in co-operation with the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Office” of the Athens School Of Fine Arts.

Supported by the DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)