Toronto-based Artbomb is an online art auction that receives zero government funding and is thriving across Canada.
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It’s always justifiable to question why we are compelled to support the arts, but it’s all the more understandable that taxpayers recoil at arts funding when that art is particularly esoteric and inaccessible.
What should be challenged is public funding of all art, especially when taxpayers must foot the bill for works of art that they may find ideologically flawed, morally depraved or aesthetically worthless.
Contrary to the oft-repeated claims of the arts community, it is a flexible, voluntary, pluralist society with free markets that best produces the conditions for innovation and invention in artistic production.