In the last year, governments in the United Kingdom and in the United States have made huge, job-killing cuts to arts spending. Quick quiz: Who has made the deeper cuts: The Conservatives-led coalition government in the UK, or Democrats in the US?
The answer may surprise you. My latest column in Modern Painters magazine takes a look at spending cuts in the UK and in the US and examines the way arts lovers in the two countries responded.
I posit that one reason that our federal and state governments cut art spending over and over again is because American art lovers don’t really object. Why not? Well, the biggest, most powerful players in America’s art world don’t organize in support of arts funding or in support of arts jobs. Who would that be? Click here to read the column and to find out.