Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our by Bill Ivey

By Bill Ivey

In this impassioned and persuasive publication, invoice Ivey, the previous chairman of the nationwide Endowment for the humanities, assesses the present country of the humanities in the United States and unearths reason for alarm. at the same time he celebrates our ever-emerging tradition and how it enriches our lives the following at domestic whereas spreading the dream of democracy around the globe, he issues to a looming main issue. The increasing footprint of copyright, an unconstrained arts market, and a central authority unwilling to interact tradition as a significant area for public coverage have come jointly to undermine paintings, artistry, and cultural heritage—the expressive lifetime of the USA. In 8 succinct chapters, Ivey blends own memoir, coverage research, and deeply held convictions to discover and outline a coordinated imaginative and prescient for paintings, tradition, and expression in American life.

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Imagine a gland or an organ located halfway between mind and heart. Half of it is a reservoir for heritage—religious and family traditions, acquired knowledge and skills—a kind of cultural stock portfolio that connects us with history, shared values, and community, giving us the strength that comes from a sense of belonging and place. The other half of our expressive life sustains something quite different. Here can be found our individual voice, a place where we can be autonomous, inventive, accomplished, and cosmopolitan—a realm of action where we can sometimes even dare to challenge the conventions of community, received knowledge, and family heritage.

However, when a project is outside the scope of prepriced uses, the licensing fee becomes a matter of what the traffic will bear. For a company like Corbis, the going price for a particular use is determined by the character of the image itself in relation to the perceived commercial potential of a specific use: People magazine pays more than the Journal of American History, and the JFK Jr. image costs more than, say, a generic photograph of sunglasses. Similar calculations determine rates for licensing old movie clips, music for documentary films, and sound recordings for CD compilations.

But the photograph is not reproduced here only because it highlights the importance of our nation’s expressive heritage—certainly it does. Its presence makes an additional point; regardless of its significance, the photograph appears in this volume because I paid for it. ’s salute at his father’s funeral—first published in Life magazine—has always been owned by one corporation or another, offering a classic example of heritage as corporate asset. (Photo © Stan Stearns/Bettmann/CORBIS. S. cultural system, that image—like most of the art that defines the American experience—is simultaneously cultural heritage and corporate asset.

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