Art: Wanted: New Goose

"In a few years there will be no art except 'commercial art,' and no painter except the 'weekend' painter . . . Unless subsidized or protected, [painting] is at an end." .

Thus in a recent issue of BBC's The Listener, testy, old (64) Artist-Author Wyndham Lewis* rings a knell for his fellow English painters. One reason for the bell's toll, says Lewis, is high taxes which sop up the spare cash of collectors who were once well-to-do. Other reasons for the artist's sad state: his expenses have more than doubled in recent years; dealers demand 337% commission on everything they sell.

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