File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1996/96-11-03.013, message 121

Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 21:04:02 -0400
Subject: Re: Art is Speech: Open Letter to N.Y.C. Officials (fwd)

>What the Times editorial and most City officials fail
>to understand is that artists are not vendors. Vendors
>buy and sell merchandise, most of which is also
>available in hundreds of stores throughout the City.
>The measure of their success is how many items
>they've sold. Their connection to what they sell is
>impersonal. One product is interchangeable with any
>other and whatever sells best is their ideal product.

Seems to me that street vendors connection to what they sell is personal in
the sense that they want to eat and pay rent just like artists. I like buying
old books, old records, sunglasses, incense, etc. on the street. I don't see
how art can be valorized as the "better commodity". Now if the artists are
GIVING away their art on the street, that's a different story. 

Millie Neon

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