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Capitalism & Human Creativity, Part 1

"Artists flourish in a capitalistic system!" says Art Historian, Professor Lee Sanstead (Adjunct professor of Art History at Montclair State University and Caldwell College in New Jersey.)

So why are so many Artists so hostile towards Capitalism?

Proffessor Sanstead provides example after historic example of the link between Capitalism and Artistic quality and quantity. And in one chilling contrast compares the artists and the Arts of the free world with that of an oppressive regime such as modern Afghanistan.

Topics covered include:
The modern rejection of audiences and objective standards in Art. The descent into pure subjectivity and irrelevance. How the market is part of objectivity. Modern contempt of audiences and reality leads modern artists to seek state support i.e. to forcing people to 'buy' their work.

How artists flourish under Capitalism. Does the Capitalist psycho-epistomology express itself as realist Art? Contrast the ancient freedom-loving, this worldly Greeks - with the dictatorial, stagnant Egyptians. How interest in the mind connects to political freedom and the Artist connects to Nature - rather than arbitrary dictates and dogmas.

The Greeks, as founders of objective art.

Scoop: Lee Sanstead reveals for the first time the significance of the Greek's Temple of Aphaea at Aegina. We only touch on it in this talk. But an indepth discussion of it's significance will be online shortly.

The dictatorial cultures of the Middle Ages bred 'abstract', elitist, other-worldly Art. We contrast this with the Rennaisance and its rising economic freedom and prosperity. How the 18th Century's establishment of individual rights and the supremacy of reason was implemented by the 19th Century to create an 'explosion' of the Arts.

Under Capitalism, Artists live longer, can make millions, can dedicate their entire lives just to producing their art. For instance, Bouguereau started a pauper, achieved recognition, made millions.

Does Capitalism compromise artistic integrity? Do you have to "sell out" to get rich? Sensuality of pro capitalist art.

Can't afford the original? Buy a poster. Buy a CD. Buy a toy. Capitalism has made possible the mass marketing of images and merchandise. With a CD of the Star Wars soundtrack, you can have the London Symphony Orchestra on tap!

Ayn Rand as an example of a radical artist who died a millionaire. In a non capitalist system or era she might have been burned as a witch or a heretic! The example of the 19th Century Sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens who ran his sculpture shop as a business.

How many artists have come out of Afghanistan? What new ideas in a land where representations of the human figure were destroyed and even humming to your baby or clapping unauthorized rhythms were outlawed by the Taliban.

Art CAN NOT flourish in a non or anti capitalist system. Only in Capitalism is physical force banished - it is the system of the mind and most conducive to creativity.

Funding of the arts - private and public. The creation of great art as memorials, including the Statue of Liberty as an example.

Capitalism and human creativity go hand in hand.

Send a note to this PRODOS.COM guest: LeeSanstead@prodos.com

Artists: Greek artists around the year 450 bc (Pheidias and Polyclitos) Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael 19th-century artists: Bouguereau, Gerome, Cabanel Daniel Chester French, Saint-Gaudens Young Priestess

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