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Will in Seattle 1
Valuation of art pieces is even more strange.

Seriously, the price of The Scream is worth more than certain African nations?

It's a fricking piece of canvas with some daubs of paint on it.
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM · Report this
Fnarf 2
I'm sorry to report that she's not one of my Thorntons, alas. Smart stuff. The art market is just Wall Street derivatives in palpable (but not by the likes of filthy you) form. You could probably say the same about other manifestations of the rich lifestyle -- top-end wine, luxury travel, expensive automobiles, etc. -- but now that things like Vuitton and Chanel are associated more with ravenous Chinese tourists than with the trans-Atlantic elite, the hand-made uniqueness of the mega-dollar artwork, with every one of those mega dollars accounted for in loving brushstrokes, is the real way to separate out the hoi polloi. Nothing to do with art at all, of course.

But there has to be a way to write about it; nothing to do with art, but everything to do with the hungry money of the most vile people on the planet. There has to be a writer who can flay these people a little. That would make for interesting reading.
Posted by Fnarf on October 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM · Report this
Fnarf 3
Jesus Christ. It's an embarrassment sharing a comment page with you, Will.
Posted by Fnarf on October 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM · Report this
The Art market that is being discussed is simply a financial market. Real art news is taking place in regional settings away from the financial centers. There's always been room for more reporting about artists in their studios, new shows, galleries and the creative process. And to do this doesn't require a college degree. Matthew Kangas would be a good example of someone declaring themselves an art critic and then backing it up with actual reviews and commentary.
Courage is the key verb.
Posted by chapala21 on October 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
@4, er, "courage" is a noun.
Posted by Fnarf on October 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
I enjoy reading about stolen and fake paintings, though. Schadenfreude.
Posted by Max Solomon on October 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
dangerousgift 7
If I enjoy porn does that mean I must also enjoy art-market news? Because I don't, although like Max Solomon, I always enjoy a good art heist.
Posted by dangerousgift on October 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this

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