Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Does the Art World Have a Demographics Problem?

In story after story after story, one powerfully persistent meme of the 2012 American presidential election was that the GOP faced a significant “demographics problem” in which the growing numbers of former minorities such as African-Americans and Latinos threatened to make the Republican Party itself a minority. ARTINFO executive editor Ben Davis recently raised a very interesting question as to whether the art world today has a similar demographics problem. In “Diversify or Die: Why the Art World Needs to Keep Up With Our Changing Society,” Davis worries that the future of art museums in America looks as bleak as future Republican electoral chances unless the whitening trend is reversed. Does the art world have a demographics problem and, if so, what can be done to correct it? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of  "Does the Art World Have a Demographics Problem?"

[Image: Rembrandt. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632.]

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