What's the Ethical Cost of High-Priced Art?
Certainly among the postwar works, says Princeton University professor Peter Singer, is the notion that art challenges society's prevailing norms. Oh, the irony.
What's the Latest?
A new day sets a new record for auction houses selling off famous works of art. Last month, Christie's in New York sold $745 million worth of classical and contemporary pieces. Certainly among the postwar works, says Princeton University professor Peter Singer, is the notion that art challenges society's prevailing norms. Oh, the irony. "[T]he art market’s greatest strength is its ability to co-opt any radical demands that a work of art makes, and turn it into another consumer good for the super-rich," said Singer. So what would you do for the world if you had millions?
What's the Big Idea?
The elevated morals associated with art, says Singer, are better suited toward affecting material change in the poorer regions of the world. Instead, they consistently embellish the bizarre works of contemporary artists. Singer reasons that the motive behind such conspicuous purchases is the search for higher social status. "If so, that may provide a means to bring about change: a redefinition of status along more ethically grounded lines. In a more ethical world, to spend tens of millions of dollars on works of art would be status-lowering, not status-enhancing."
Read more at Project Syndicate
Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.
I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.
- Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
- The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
- The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.