"Allan Kaprow, who established the idea of the performance-art 'happening' in the 1950s, and probably qualified as a genuine bona fide cutting-edge figure in his time, wrote an essay in 1964 called 'The Artist as a Man of the World.' He posited (and this was probably quite an annoying idea to many people living in cold-water lofts in Soho at the time) that what artists wanted was a comfy middle-class life the same as most people. He thought that the profession of artist was not that different from any other specialized job. And in many ways perhaps he was teasing, but it's an interesting thought."
Perry, G. (2014). Playing to the Gallery. New York, NY: Penguin Group LLC. p. 85