The On Art World And Class Structure

1648 Words May 27th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout history, it has always been argued that economic power affect art. By voluntary means, we produce, trade, buy and sell our products that would benefit us in various ways. Economic power allows people to exploit their resources in a free market. It has the ability to help others successfully reach prosperity. Some philosophers claim economic power has a huge impact on art, whereas other philosophers express a different opinion. Davis and Freeland believes economic power influences art, but Todd disagrees. 9.5 Theses on Art and Class introduces a list of theories on art world and class structure. Davis claims class exists in the art world because it is an important factor for art. He states, “Since different classes have different interests and ‘art’ is affected by these different interests, art has different values depending on from which class standpoint is approached” (Davis 1). The ruling class, middle class and working class comes from different backgrounds which creates a distinction between their thoughts on a work of art. From Davis’s perspective, the concept of art and class structure should be united as a whole. The author explains, “because art is part of society and because no single profession has a monopoly on creative expression, the values given to art within the sphere of the contemporary visual arts will also be determined in relation to how ‘creativity’ is manifested in other spheres of contemporary society” (Davis 6). This shows that art is…
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