Sorting Out The Politics Of Artists

“For years, many conservatives have railed against the political leanings of the arts world and opposed the use of public money in arts funding. It’s a world that has taken as its official motto Andy Warhol’s observation that art is whatever you can get away with. . . . It shovels you between ennui and disgust. It’s axiomatic that much of the mainstream discourse in arts circles would be regarded as the language of the fringes in other fields. ‘It’s very lonely,’ says Don Schwartz, a sculptor based in Connecticut who argues that the liberal dominance of the arts world is a result of liberals disliking economics and thus drifting to jobs in culture. ‘It’s very intimidating to be a conservative in the arts. A lot of conservative artists give up’.”