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ART CRITICISM, PATRONAGE AND THE ARTIST’S CREATIVE WILL

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Generally, art criticism and patronage are seen to have contributed tremendously to the positive development of the visual arts. While this is true, it has in one way or the other, influenced the artist, thereby placing limitations on him, stifling his creative potential, his individuality. This fact, because of its subtle nature, is not easily recognized by many. This paper, therefore, throws light on how the role of the art critic and patron interferes with the creative freedom of the artist. A survey of the available information reveals the extent of the problem. Based on the findings that the critic and patron equally pose a problem, the paper has pointed out some ways which if the artist must follow, shall be of benefit to him.

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