Houellebecq on contemporary art

From the novel Platform, Michel Houellebecq writes on contemporary art

Most of the artists I know behaved exactly like entrepreneurs: they carefully reconnoitered emerging markets, then tried to get in fast. Just like entrepreneurs, they had been at the same few colleges, they were cast from the same mold. There were differences, however; in the art market, innovation was at a greater premium than in most other professional sectors. Moreover, artists often worked in packs or networks, in contrast to entrepreneurs, who were solitary beings surrounded by enemies – shareholders ready to drop them at a moment’s notice, executives always ready to betray them.

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