Friday, January 11, 2008

Blog,The artist and the patron

With the advent of the Internet, artists have a greater access to the patron. Patrons have the ability to choose from a wide variety of styles and prices along with their varying degrees of tastes and needs. They now process a quick ability to browse through art work from all over the world. The history of this relationship (artist and patron) has changed. In the Renaissance, the artist was often told what to paint. Later, in the 18th century, there was a system ruled by the fee driven gallery. Today the artist has the art show, the gallery, the open studio, the group show and even the co-op. None of these (even combined) can reach the number of possible patrons as does the Internet. The Internet has, without a doubt , innovated the industry.

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