Art: Buying and Selling Out

I love art, all art. I love the forms it takes on, the agendas, the substance, controversy, boldness and the lack all there of. Engaging in someone else's creation, reading their artist statement and getting to know and understand a particular piece or body of work is like getting to know a person who is…

I love art, all art. I love the forms it takes on, the agendas, the substance, controversy, boldness and the lack all there of. Engaging in someone else's creation, reading their artist statement and getting to know and understand a particular piece or body of work is like getting to know a person who is alive, thinks, breathes, and communicates. As an artist I like that the things I create have the potential to be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars allowing me to provide for my family while loving what I do but arts worth is a double edged sword. People who spend millions investing in art make it worth millions according to the market because of what they spend. At the same time buyers and collectors large care little about what they buy. Some buy art just because they know the value will sustain if not increase especially with deceased artists, even that I can live with compared to buyers who fain having a deep understanding of the artists they buy while in reality only buying because its a Picasso or Van Gogh.

Vincent Van Gogh sold one painting his entire life and it was to his brother Theo who probably would have just given him the money, and to become a posthumous millionaire, he must be rolling over in his grave. Their in lies the problem, people who spend big time money on art do not buy it because they love it they buy it because someone told them it was good art. In most cases art is an expression made to solicit a reaction and that reaction should be what compels you to buy art not the name the piece is under. That's the way the modern art words works and will continue to work, so let the next Van Gogh die without ever giving that person the recognition they truly deserve.

Besides why take a chance on buying art you like when you can wait for someone else to tell you what you like. Alas I can notgue with someone who spend millions on Gauguin or Van Gogh as I think most of their work merits this kind of fame and recognition but I came at this conclusion from independent study of artists, their work, and the contributions that they have given to the art world. My love and recognition of good art includes the nameless yet to be acknowledged artists and does not stop with only the famous.