“If artists want to survive in a corporate capitalist society, they must organize themselves externally.”
artists often function outside of the wage system in their specific work as artists
Without secure access to a wage, these artists have developed their own institutions to address their own and other artists’ precarity.
Her work asks us to question whether art that remains decommodified may remain recognized as art
Leigh Claire La Berge, PhD, professes at the intersection of arts, literature, visual culture and political economy. She is the author of Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fiction of the Long 1980s (Oxford University Press) and Wages Against Artwork: Decommodified Labor and the Claims of Socially Engaged Art (Duke University Press, 2019). She is Associate Professor of English in the Department of English at BMCC CUNY.