The Death of the Artist
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The Death of the Artist

How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech


Art Doesn’t Pay

Essayist and critic William Deresiewicz offers a depressingly realistic assessment of the agonies of earning a living as an artist.

Award-winning essayist, critic and bestseller William Deresiewicz warns that big tech only wants to pirate art, so that it can make more money. As a result, artists can’t make a living. The author sees today’s artist as a paid producer. But, he insists, artists must regard themselves as workers and organize to undermine big tech’s cultural monopoly.

Deresiewicz’s analysis pre-dates the pandemic, which further decimated the arts economy, but his overview remains relevant for artists, nonprofit leaders and everyone who cares about art. His promise: Pay artists to make art they love, and they’ll make art you love.


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