Mass Production of Art & Craft Works – The Advantages and Disadvantages


Today mass production seems to be a prominent issue amongst artists around the globe. You could be an artist, or an art collector or just anybody with a general opinion about the topic of advantages and disadvantages of creating art production work. So let’s delve a little deeper into the topic.

Is mass production adding to the already increasing problems of artists around the world?

Those who agree with this idea go on to the extent of claiming that it has completely changed the real definition of art over the last half a century or so.

However, those who don’t agree to this idea, reason that mass production is actually good for artists in that it enhances their scope of sale and earning. Then, mass production also eliminates or substantially lessens the chances of any error in duplication of goods. However, those who are against the idea of production work in art, argue that art isn’t something that needs to be duplicated in the first place.

Another benefit of mass production in art is that if it’s something that more than one person would like to own then it makes it possible for all such seekers to add it to their collection. But then again, on the flip side, it completely takes the point of exclusivity out of the window.

Also with mass production the biggest flaw could be that if there was an error in the original item – or maybe even just something that the artist might want to replace or better later on – it is going to be duplicated in all the copies which do not leave the artist with any scope of changing or correcting.

A positive feature of production work is that with a number of people working in different steps of production, most people get highly skilled in doing their particular job, which increases the chances of a better outcome as compared to just one person doing everything.

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