The Art Angle Podcast: How Does the Art World Feel About Joe Biden’s Victory?

This week, three perspectives on how a Biden victory will affect the art world.

Jeff Koons's Flag (2020) as part of the Artists for Biden campaign. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.

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Well, it finally happened. Former vice president Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have won the United States presidential election. They ran on the promise of a return to democracy and decency—as well as a repudiation of the past four years under Donald Trump.

After all of the hand-wringing, punditry, and poll watching, we’re now left to consider what this regime change actually means. For artists and art workers, the jubilation of a Biden win is tempered by a healthy dose of skepticism. Both Biden and Harris have expressed general appreciation for the arts, but it remains to be seen if and how they will act on it. The inhabitants of the art world’s historically liberal bubble are also facing the reality that they, like the pollsters and so many others, were entirely wrong about the margin of victory and the extent to which they live in a deeply divided country.

On this week’s episode, Artnet News contributor Brian Boucher, market reporter Eileen Kinsella, and chief art critic Ben Davis join the podcast to discuss the seismic changes afoot—and what it could mean for the future of culture.


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