I’ll copy and paste what I wrote just now in the Thursday thread, cos it’ll get lost:
I waited tables at a Tracey Emin private view this afternoon. It was straightforward enough work, and nice customers, but it was a weird experience mentally.
I was assigned to the top table- so Tracey Emin, Jay Jopling, rich important art/media people. They were all very polite and pleasant and I’d say actively nice to me, but it still made me feel weirdly angry in a diffuse way. Especially when Nick Serota was mentioned in a positive light in one of the speeches. (The guy who was until recently head of the Tate-he casualised and minumum waged his employees, and then when he left had the cheek to ask them for a whip-around to buy him a yacht, which caused quite a lot of rage).
Like this is a room full of the people whose decisions keep jobs in galleries and museums minimum wage and insecure, and make sure the path to higher positions is solely through unpaid internships and nepotism. The people who keep the art world closed off and inaccessible. People who started out already owning Park Lane and Mayfair, but think they won the game of Monopoly fair and square.
I also heard them bitching about the corporation tax in the UK being too high. (The UK has one of the lowest around).