Product Placements in Art
Webcast Q&A: 9 October 2011, Question 3
I answered a question on product placements in art on 9 October 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Is product placement in art a breach of artistic integrity? Given that an artist must select every aspect of an artistic work, does delegating some selection to the highest bidder breach the integrity of the work? Does the type of artwork matter? Would it be okay in movies, television, and literature but not paintings? Why?
My Answer, In Brief: Here, the crucial question is not whether the artist is paid, but whether he's exercising proper selectivity in his art. If an artwork refers to or includes some element (whether a product or not, whether paid or not) that detracts from its theme, then to include that element is an artistic failure.
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