Modernism is inseparable from the rise of the Western middle class. In nineteenth-century Europe, the bourgeoisie created a vast new market for art, previously a luxury enjoyed mainly by aristocrats. Cities, especially, became cultural hubs replete with museums, galleries, concert halls, theaters and publishing houses. The direct patronage that had characterized the aristocratic age was replaced by a wider distribution system that depended on intermediaries to connect artists with consumers.
THE GLOBAL ONLINE MAGAZINE OF ARTS, INFORMATION & ENTERTAINMENT
September-October 2018 | Volume 14 Number 5
What gets me more than anything else about television these days is the way commercial stations, networks and media conglomerates punish the viewing public with unchecked lies and accusations that pour forth in practically every advertisement from either side of the political spectrum. I mean, this is the clearest example of what filthy lucre can do to a wobbly republic, and it’s just not suitable for organizations calling themselves objective and unbiased to allow of others, let alone themselves.