- xv, 234 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Contents: The paradox of patronage -- 2. Governing assumptions -- 3. Minding the business of art -- 4. Arts or sciences -- 5. The university as patron -- Notes -- Index.Includes bibliographical references (p. -219) and index.Summary: "What is the role of the arts in American culture? Is art an essential element? If so, how should we support it? Today, as in the past, artists need the funding, approval, and friendship of patrons whether they are individuals, corporations, governments, or nonprofit foundations. But as Patronizing the Arts shows, these relationships can be problematic, leaving artists "patronized" - both supported with funds and personal interest, while being condescended to for vocations misperceived as play rather than serious work. In this provocative book, Marjorie Garber looks at the history of patronage, explains how patronage has elevated and damaged the arts in modern culture, and argues for the university as a serious patron of the arts."--BOOK JACKET.