Art and Debt is a platform dedicated to a discussion about the growing massive debt of art students and the effect it has on the work of artists.
The website was founded to coincide with a conference, The Artist as Debtor at Cooper Union on January 23, 2015 hosted by Coco Fusco and Noah Fischer.
More about the conference: “We live in an era of unprecedented profits from contemporary art sales and massive debts incurred by art students. Are these phenomena related? Is it a coincidence that in an age in which art can be made from nothing, the price attached to an art degree is staggeringly high? Contemporary art institutions amass great wealth through real estate development and the value of their holdings — why then do museums, art-related businesses and art schools rely so heavily on precarious and unpaid labor provided by artists? What are the connections between big money in the art world and the big debts taken on by so many young artists? Are artists encouraged to believe that extreme economic disparity is just part of the way the art world works? Do romantic ideas about merit and talent mask a system of indenture?”
Artist sues Getty Images and Alamay Stock Photos for one billion dollars.
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List of 376 corporate art consultants/advisors nationwide and abroad, and paper printout of 272 snail mail addresses of corporate art consultants/advisors.
List of 944 of snail mail addresses of museum and independent curators nationwide who specialize in contemporary art. Includes annotated notes with important comments and 442 email addresses.
Both lists are available as a paper printout, via Dropbox, and as a CD. Visit
One of the most important ways for artists to directly participate in building an online reputation is through the use of press releases. In the 20th century, press release targets were limited to print publications, and radio and television. In addition, print publications required a lead time of 4-6 months. Today, target markets for press release dissemination offers many more possibilities, including blogs, e-zines, and digital versions of print publications. And, of course, the required lead time has shortened considerably.
Unfortunately, the press release is a tool underutilized by artists. Although a press release should be written to announce and describe anything newsworthy, the problem with many artists is either they are too humble, or too absorbed with aesthetic problems, or the bumps of daily living to recognize what about themselves is newsworthy or they view the media as an inaccessible planet that grants visas only to famous artists. As a consequence, many artists let press release opportunities pass by.