Should Artists Be Paid?

I came across this argument on a blog post about whether artists should be paid for their work…
A social media person had gone up to blogger Maria Brophy at a show and stated….
Artists shouldn’t be paid for their art. Getting paid prevents them from creating really good stuff."…
He was asked "If they don’t get paid, who feeds their families and pays for their supplies
?"
They should work another job," he replied, rather smugly
’….

Brophy made several sound arguments supporting the fact that artists should get paid and generously too, but it made me stop and think

  • Did that viewer have a valid argument? ..
  • Is wanting or needing to sell our art stifling our creativity?
  • Are the artists who don’t need to or want to sell their work more creative than the ones who do?…
  • In your opinion, should artists get paid…why or why not?

By the way when the media type was asked whether he was paid for his work, he said yes…asked if it affected how he did his job, he replied, "that’s different"…

I will add my own opinions as well as the writer of the article in the comments….

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