Prior to the 1970's, most artists made a series of original art works to open thought and make a social impact on society. Today, the commercial component has made many artists switch faster than prostitutes selling their behinds as it relates to artist's chosen fine art and/or commercial art markets.
The truly sad aspect of this global change, is that it has left out the people and communities in which these artists come from. Artist use to appreciate showing their original art works at local schools and community centers. Now, they pay ridiculous booth fees to be in malls and parks during music festival. Thus, not creating or educating the potential consumers on their medium, style, concept or cost. Even thou more people attend such events, many consumers are ignorant on why an open edition is more affordable than a limited edition. Or, what's a giclee or serigraph?
So the question I put forth, "Are artists selling out?" in retrospect, are our communities being left behind and does this effect our efforts in building a new consumer base?