We've all seen the TV commercials advertising the "starving-artist liquidation sale," with the sofa-size paintings priced from $19.99. Like most advertising, the commercial is easy to ignore. But if you actually think about what's being advertised, this is the most callous commercial produced since Dan Akroyd's pitch for the Bass-O-Matic — and that one was a joke. An individual's life's work is being marked down to the price of an oil change, thereby driving the person to the point of starvation, all so you can save a few bucks. Is this how a supposedly civilized nation treats its artists? Maybe we're just overly sensitive (perhaps because of the number of artists we count as friends), but this... More >>>