Re: Should visual artists be paid for exhibitions?
I generally adopt the approach of costing everything that I do based on a realistic day rate and cash expenses. Based on that I can decide whether a particular 'opportunity' is worthwhile
I may very well donate time, work or materials to something which I feel is a good cause, regardless of any benefit to myself but that is my decision, I'm happy to be asked but I do get annoyed when it is assumed that I should work for free because I'm an artist rather than a lawyer or an accountant.
I also think that individual artists need to think carefully about how well exhibitions fit their style of work. In some way's I find it strange that contemporary art has taken innovation in content almost to the point of absurdity in some cases but there is very little challenge to the idea that on a plinth in a white room is the best place to display it.