Danto on Censorship and Subsidy of the Arts
The Blackwell Companion to Arthur C. Danto (Lydia Goehr & Jonathan Gilmore, eds., Forthcoming)
11 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2020
Date Written: July 18, 2019
In an important series of essays published in his early years as an art critic, the philosopher of art Arthur Danto seemingly claimed: 1) that art should be subsidized but not censored; 2) that refusing to subsidize art constitutes censorship; 3) that public art is subsidized, not least by its placement in public spaces; and 4) that public art can be removed from those spaces when the public doesn’t like it. Yet these claims seem inconsistent. This paper tries to solve this puzzle, addressing along the way important questions about the relationship of non-subsidy and censorship and the distinct nature of public art as opposed to art in public spaces.
Keywords: public art, censorship, subsidy, art funding, Danto, Serra, Mapplethorpe, philosophy of art
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