File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1996/96-11-03.013, message 130


Subject: Re: Art is Speech: Open Letter to N.Y.C. Officials (fwd)
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 08:21:53 -0500 (EST)


BestPoet-AT-aol.com:
> 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. 

>From what I've read, it's settled jurisprudence that speech
is protected whether or not it's a commodity, and that
pictures can be a form of speech.  It's not a generic
philosophical opinion about value, it's a consideration of
what legal category pictures fall into.


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