Artist: A Slippery Word


An interesting article I read this morning in The Australian lamenting the loss of credibility of certain words that are too easily bandied around by the media and others when talking about cultural endeavors (e.g. "heritage", "star", "creative") got me thinking about a word that I've long been challenged by: "artist." In contrast to Europe, where it seems you can only use the word "artist" if you are making your full-time living as a dancer/filmmaker/composer/sculptor etc, in the United States, people tend to use the term very freely. I … [Read more...]