Some Get Sentenced, Some Get Awards
A conversation with intrepid street artist JR, who recently won the $100,000 TED Prize and used it to launch his Inside Out project.
[One trend I wish would go away is] the way that brands take over the artists, sometimes not supporting them but using them. I believe there is a very fine line and a frame to respect if you want to keep your ethic. As most of the financing from states has disappeared, the only way left to live from your art, for the ones who don’t sell in galleries, is through brands.
Most of the brands don’t actually support the artists for the purpose of the artists’ goals, but for their own communication beliefs. I am still dreaming of patronage and philanthropy, but all I see is sponsoring.