The Gift: Something from Mako Fujimura

Started discussing The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, by Lewis Hyde yesterday over at High Calling Blogs. Interesting to me: Hyde studied folk tales, tribal customs and Scripture to learn about gifts and gift-giving.

Stop in to read this week's post, and feel free to add your bit.


Mako Fujimura's Gladiolas-Blue 2000, lithograph on Rives BFK paper, 22 x 30 inches

5 comments:

nAncY June 9, 2009 at 11:21 AM  

one of the reasons that this subject is interesting to me is because i have had a hard time with money as the motivator for art....as in not using an idea because of the way of thinking that it might not be something that would sell.

Marcus Goodyear June 9, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

That painting is beautiful. I can't imagine how it must sparkle in real life.

Great job on the HCB post!

Sam Van Eman June 9, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

That influence is a strong one, nAncY. I look forward to reading how Hyde handles it.

Marcus, I'd love to just sit in his studio for a week and watch him paint.

Marcus Goodyear June 10, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

nAncY, Hyde doesn't argue that gift economics are the only way to produce art. But he does argue that market economics should NOT be the only way to view art. Sometimes the market isn't quite up to speed with valuing ideas and products that need to be valued.

Sam Van Eman June 10, 2009 at 9:35 AM  

Thanks for the look ahead, Marcus. Well put.

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