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Powell's Books Presents William Deresiewicz in Conversation With Kate Bingaman-Burt & Lisa Congdon
There are two stories you hear about earning a living as an artist in the digital age. One comes from Silicon Valley. There's never been a better time to be an artist, it goes. If you've got a laptop, you've got a recording studio. If you've got an iPhone, you've got a movie camera. And if production is cheap, distribution is free: it's called the Internet. Everyone's an artist; just tap your creativity and put your stuff out there. The other comes from artists themselves. Sure, it goes, you can put your stuff out there, but who's going to pay you for it? Music is free, writing is free, video is free. Everyone is not an artist. Making art takes years of dedication, and that requires a means of support. If things don't change, a lot of art will cease to be sustainable. So which account is true? Since people are still making a living as artists today, how are they managing to do it? William Deresiewicz, a leading critic of the arts and of contemporary culture, set out to answer those questions. Based on interviews with artists of all kinds, THE DEATH OF THE ARTIST (Henry Holt) argues that we are in the midst of an epochal transformation. If artists were artisans in the Renaissance, bohemians in the 19th century, and professionals in the 20th, a new paradigm is emerging in the digital age, one that is changing our fundamental ideas about the nature of art and the role of the artist in society. Deresiewicz will be joined in conversation by Kate Bingaman-Burt, illustrator and professor of graphic design, and Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author of Find Your Artistic Voice.

Aug 18, 2020 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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William Deresiewicz
William Deresiewicz is an award-winning essayist and critic, frequent speaker at colleges and other venues, and former professor of English at Yale. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The American Scholar, and many other publications. He is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in reviewing and the New York Times bestselling author of Excellent Sheep and A Jane Austen Education.
Kate Bingaman-Burt
Kate Bingaman-Burt mostly draws, letters, documents, and collects, but she also does a lot of other things that involve energy, conversation, and exchange. She is a full-time educator and makes illustrations for all sorts of clients including Uniqlo, Pinterest, Dolby, Sonos, IDEO and Chipolte to name a few. Kate is a Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University and she also owns Outlet which hosts workshops, pop-up events and a risograph print studio. She is the author of Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? and is working on an upcoming book titled Starts with a Sketch, which will be published by Quarto Books in the summer of 2021.
Lisa Congdon
Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful, graphic drawings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including Comme des Garçons, Crate and Barrel, Facebook, MoMA, REI, and Harvard University among many others. She is the author of eight books, including Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist and her latest book Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.