The democratization of art:
As the means to create and distribute art becomes increasingly more affordable and widespread, the curators of the art world are starting to fade into the background. While tastemaking was formerly the wheelhouse of gallery owners and critics, it’s becoming readily more apparent that wider swaths of the public are determining what art is and who gets the funding to create it. How has this sea-change affected the art world, and is it really a good thing for creators, sellers and the culture at large? Chicago Sun-Times art critic Margaret Hawkins, Kevin Buist, director of artist relations for Artprize, the world’s largest art competition; and gallery owner Ellen Hartwell Alderman discuss the democratization of art and why it matters.