|The Mona Lisa|
So basically art cannot be ignored. Well now that I've gotten to the point of my post, what next? Ill tell you what! Most artists have a problem quantifying the worth of their work. The major difference between sciences and arts is application versus creation. (No, duh!) So while your lawyers will read books to try to find wiggle-room in a case and your scientists/professors will try to apply formulae that they didn't "discover" to solve issues, the artist will lay down and conceptualise. Sound's lazy doesn't it? So why don't we watch a show created and scripted by a calculus professor? I imagine hours of rib-cracking fun or immersion into entertainment like no other. (NOT!)
|Mr Mark Millar|
We have now arrived at the problem. Art comes easy to the artists due to their superior intellect in their field and thus the rest of the world finds it hard to financially quantify their work.
I like this old story told to me by a friend. A guy is approached by a leading car dealer to do some art to promote the vehicle company. When he asked for payment he was told that his art would be seen by a massive number of people and it would be good for exposure. He then asked them to give him a car and he would drive it around and a massive number of people will see it as he moves around. Isn't it the same thing though? People assume that because art comes so easily to the artist, it shouldn't be worth much. After-all, I created a code for months that can allow me to build a search engine when all he did was sit at the breakfast table for one day and sketch.
All Ill say is, don't victimise artists for their genius. Pay them what you owe!