by Mike Masnick
Mon, Dec 7th 2009 7:22am
Rose M. Welch writes in to point to the latest example of entitlement culture gone wrong. Apparently, two groups representing artists in Canada, The Canadian Artists' Representation, known as CARFAC, and the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Quebec (RAAV), have filed a complaint against the National Gallery in Canada. The National Gallery already pays artists an exhibition fee to display their art. But, CARFAC and RAAV think that the National Gallery needs to pay them multiple times for the same artworks, because the Gallery also uses some of the artwork it displays in brochures, catalogs and other offerings. Of course, you would think that artists would be thrilled to be displayed in the National Gallery, to get that recognition and promotion, and the ability to declare their artwork "as seen in the National Gallery," which you would think would certainly boost what they can charge. But, apparently, that's not enough. At some point, it makes you wonder if the National Gallery shouldn't just focus on artists who aren't members of these organizations, so they can work with artists who actually appreciate being in The National Gallery of Canada.
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