Commercial art alone is art
Commercial art alone is art, where there is asking and providing, payment and acquisition.
Detached from any commercial motive, applications of human skill such as painting, poetry, music, architecture, sculpture, insofar as these applications are spontaneous and spring from an inner need, are but acts of self-indulgence. Unlike the very purposeful exertions required of and seen in commercial art, these are free-flowing and visceral activities and can be likened to seemingly passive engagements, to wit, the experience of gazing at the huge waves of the ocean, hearing their roar and feeling the breeze, or that of receiving the first warm rays of the Sun on a cold morning. These events are not dissimilar to the effort of a painter or a sculptor. Everything is there – the painter and the sculptor, the medium and its transformation, and the experience. The effort or effortlessness is the distinguishing element. Effort is art, and effortlessness is not art, but perhaps nature.
Commercial art indulges an outside agent who commissions the deed and hence pays, not just for its commission, but for its acquisition. The transaction is therefore just. On the contrary, if an artist brings forth a creation that pleases him or, as may sometimes be the case, enables the sublimation of an impulse or experience, then why should that creation come to the market for sale? By its very process of being born, the creation has achieved its end and has no further purpose to serve.
When an artist displays works of his creation, in all fairness, he must wait to see who among the audience admire them the most or, more precisely, whom they please the most, and give them away to those appropriate members of the audience.
When you write a poem for your beloved, is it an expression of your love, your devotion? Or, is it a demonstration of your literary skill? Is your beloved to be overwhelmed by your pure love, or impressed by your brilliant imagination?
When we write music and books, paint pictures, take photographs, capture moving pictures and cause such creations to exist, we most certainly experience immense pleasure and satisfaction. What right have we to sell them and make money? They should be free and freely accessible to all. All music, art and literature that was born of an inner urge of a vibrant human being should be widely distributed to ensure their universal enjoyment.