Art critic Martha Buskirk on the shifts in the past few decades in the arts, particularly those relating to the interface between art and the marketplace.
Clement Greenberg famously talks about the avant-garde being connected to the ruling elite by an “umbilical cord of gold.” There’s always been a relationship between art and money or art and commerce, and the most interesting galleries have both been successful as businesses and had a certain kind of far-reaching aesthetic sensibility. So there’s a kind of tension or ambiguity that has been part of this picture for a long time. But what I’ve been interested in is certain kinds of extremes. And maybe that ambiguity has seemed increasingly out of balance somehow.