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Art, capital and censorship

It's rare to see neoliberal ideology applied in the field of art as uncritically as Ann-Britt Gran does in Ny Tid 29.10.05. She chooses to completely ignore problems associated with big business art sponsorship and the possibility of censorship that this represents.

There are three conditions Anne-Britt Gran chooses to overlook with the emergence of the phenomenon of corporate art: 1) Corporate art represents a new form of class art. 2. Corporate art has driven active censorship of controversial art and 3) the system forces artists to self-censor.

1) New class art.

Anne-Britt Gran gives the impression that corporate sponsorship of art is of relatively new date, but this system got its institutional design as early as the late 1960s. It was David Rockefeller who took the initiative to form the organization "The Business Committee for the Arts" in 1968 where companies such as IBM, Mobil / Exxon (Rockefeller), Philip Morris were members.

The large corporations use their art forums – which are closed to public access – as a link and meeting place for the power elites' ceremonial self-representation. The heyday of the 1980s and 1990s, with speculation in the financial market as a specialty, is the main layer. . .

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