Earlier this week I received an email from a person who was upset about an interview that I posted several months ago. He was angry because the artist in question made some statements about how he supported the Republican party and conservative values. The email stated that I should not have allowed this artist to push his 'conservative agenda' on the readership of the blog and that as an artist I should do what I can to "fight the good fight"-- meaning that he thinks I should be one-sided in the views that are projected on this blog so that specific views can be championed. That is something I simply will not do... I try to be as neutral as I can and I allow people to speak their mind.
The person went as far as to say that I should be fired for having allowed it and that he considers it a 'crime against free thinking people'. I found his response interesting because anyone familiar with the Myartspace Blog and the Art Space Talk series of interviews knows that politics are mentioned in the majority of the interviews and that a wide range of political and social views can be found. There is something here for everyone.
I think this issue runs deep-- especially due to the political climate of today. The problem is that so many people think in absolutes. Both liberals and conservatives are guilty of this. This attitude leaves little room for discussion and or for exploring alternatives. The negative aspect of such thinking is 10-fold when people start to expect that every artist should adhere to a specific political opinion. This kind of goes back to the artist stereotypes that I mentioned in my last post--- it seems that some people assume that every artist should be liberal and embrace the Democrat party. What say you?
Based on this email I have a few questions I would like to ask. For privacy feel free to answer anonymous:
1.) Does your opinion about a work of art change when you discover the political views of the artist who created it?
2.) If you are a conservative should you keep your political affiliation secret from your artworld related peers?
3.) Do you agree that the political thoughts of an artist can help or hamper his or her success in the artworld and the impression that curators, collectors, and other artists have of the artist?
Take care, Stay true,