Last week art world superstar Jeff Koons laid off a big chunk of his painting staff.
How does that work?
There were grumblings of their being vastly underpaid. (Artnet reported that some individuals were earning just $21 per hour – while Koons’ works fetch millions at auctions.)
But what surprises many observers is not that Koons would so underpay the people creating his works or that he would downsize his staff – but rather people are confused about how an artist produces works that are labeled as his own when he may not have a hand in their making.
Much was made of Damien Hirst’s recent series of paintings because he had painted them all himself.
This may indeed sound like an odd statement.
Don’t all artists create their own works – you may ask?