A recurrent theme of this blog is that just because art gets mixed up with money doesn’t mean that the integrity of the art is in any way damaged or its authenticity lessened, or, in Marxist terms, that it becomes a “commodification-induced perversion of the core art form” though there are always those (Star Trek Voyager anyone?).
Now, I hope you have seen Project Runway. I think it is fun and inspiring, personally — and a big part of it is Tim Gunn. Every stressful environment should have someone like him. He is, by acclamation, a soothing, avuncular presence whose advice is often better heeded than ignored. ( And what a huge error Victorya committed by attacking him! I refuse to be drawn in, as I believe Victorya is quite a talent, but politically it is unwise… but what do politics matter in art? )
It turns out that Tim Gunn feels strongly about the nexus between art and commerce as well. According to the televised interview I watched with him the other night:
Gunn holds firmly to the belief of looking at fashion design through the lens of commerce. In other words, he believes in clothes that not only look lovely, but are wearable too.
Adam Smith bless you, Tim Gunn.