Artistic Lives examines cultural production as a non-standard, self-directed, and frequently unpaid activity, which is susceptible to developments that affect the availability of unstructured time. It engages with discourses which have historically had little to do with the arts, including urban sociology and social policy research, to explore the social conditions and identities of ordinary artists, revealing the importance of the cost of living or access to housing, benefits or employment in determining who is able to become an artist or sustain an artistic career. The book thus challenges recent policy discourses that celebrate the ability of cultural producers to create something from nothing, and, more generally, the myth of creativity as an individual phenomenon, divorced from social context. Presenting rich interview material with artists and arts professionals in London and Berlin, together with ethnographic descriptions, Artistic Lives engages with debates surrounding Post-Fordism, gentrification and the nature of authorship, to raise challenging questions about the function of culture and the role of cultural producers within contemporary capitalism. An empirically grounded exploration of the identity of the modern artist and his or her ability to make a living in neoliberal societies, Artistic Lives will be of interest to students and scholars researching urban studies, the sociology of art and creative cultures, social stratification and social policy.
Welcome to Medallions: Mandala Coloring Book! This book contains 25 fun and beautiful mandala patterns ready to transport your mind to the relaxing world of coloring magic. The mandalas contained in this book welcome colorists of all skill levels. Whether you just want to play with color palettes or embellish with swirls and shading, these mandalas provide a range from plain and simple to difficult and challenging.
"A Cat's Life" is a fun and entertaining coloring book for people who are cat enthusiasts. This book constitutes prints in a book which can be cut, hung and used to decorate or to give as a gift. The book can also be kept intact as a forever keepsake. The drawings are original surrealistic modern art style by by American surrealist artist Grace Divine. Each drawing includes a title and an story line idea. There are 22 handmade drawings. This book is for Adults and for Children. It can be used as a group activity to be shared with family and friends. To check out the art and books by Grace Divine please go to www.GraceDivine.com
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