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Accepting Art as Commerce : A Valid Motivation to Create All art created to be seen by an audience is affected by commerce. The degree by which art is affected by commerce depends on the type of art being created. There are many types of art and many ways to utilize visual imagery, and the most basic way to understand these types is by separating all art into two categories: commercial art and non-commercial, or gallery displayed art. One must keep in mind the ambiguity of categorizing art, for example some art that currently falls in the category of commercial art, such as a mass produced print of a Picasso image used on the cover of an art history textbook once was gallery art, and many of Norman Rockwell’s once commissioned for creation magazine covers now hang in art galleries nationwide. The professional artist, or anyone who attempts to make a living through the creation of art, produces works to be seen by others. She creates art in part because she wants to communicate her opinions, ideas, talents, and visions to other people. An artist attempts to create thought provoking or inspirational pieces that become important and meaningful to audience members. The professional artist attempts to affect the audience so deeply that an audience member will feel it necessary to make the artist’s creation her own. The artist ultimately hopes that her work will become valuable to other people. The movement from personal value to monetary value will result in an artist earning an income. The attainment of respect and value from the audience is in part what motivates all artists to create. Why did Picasso create so many paintings if he could only manage to sell one painting throughout his lifetime? The desires to have his talent recognized and his art valued by other people motivated him to incessantly pursue a successful career as an artist, although he did not attain this goal until many years after his death. Picasso continued creating paintings in hope that one would eventually sell, which would lead to further interest in his work and ultimately more income for himself. Non-commercial artists, whose art if successful is used in galleries and homes of the very wealthy, constantly seek acceptance and the
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attainment of value for their art by creating pieces without a guaranteed purchaser.
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