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The worse it looks the more expensive the price

  1. darkside profile image84
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    Have you ever noticed that with art?

    Of course art, or ones appreciation of art, is subjective.

    But I know an artist here in Australia who used to do fantastic work. Big BIG oil paintings. The detail was incredible.

    I'm not up on the arts terminology but he started going a little more colourful, though still earthy, and much less detail. He started putting prices on it in the tens of thousands, and made more sales than before. More exhibitions. More fame.

    I could still appreciate and enjoy his work. But then he got very sloppy.

    Now I do love the efforts of pre-schoolers with paint on paper. Big colourful strokes. But if my children had shown me what this artist is doing now I'd be a little concerned with their IQ. The canvases got even bigger (sometimes I think that artistic talent can be easily achieved merely by making a mess on the largest canvas you can get your hands on with a good looking frame of course) the prices steeper and the resulting work similar to binge eating half a dozen tubes of paint and then purging oneself on the canvas.

    What are other peoples thoughts about high priced art? Are the public and the average art buyer being wowed by dimensions? Is a ridiculous price tag influencing or justifying opinion? Should art galleries be buying art that is nothing more than three shades of splattered white?

    Feel free to link to examples of things you like. And also things you don't like.

  2. waynet profile image47
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Art has always been about creative expression, but this line has always been blurred by ridiculously simplistic art that is bought up by the so-called art critics and art fascists of the current art trends and fashions, I always remember being at art college and we went on a trip to the art gallery and there was a commission by a local up and coming artist who did sculptured paintings out of papier mache, but they was really childlike and very minimal in design, but he seemed to be doing really well getting other commissions in other towns.

    I couldn't see why, but obviously his other speciality of yoghurt pots painted in the colours of the rainbow suspended on chains was also a massive hit and wowed the art masters of the future and present.....

    It just goes to show that the world has gone mad and will continue to go down the large potty we have made it into!!

  3. Paraglider profile image92
    Paragliderposted 8 years ago

    On a related theme - in most 'old masters' art galleries people look at the pictures. The legend beside the picture is usually not much more than 'title - artist - date' which is fine, because the work speaks for itself. But in many modern art galleries, the public spend most of their time reading the detailed descriptions/explanations of the art works. I take your point about large canvases, but my advice to any new kid on the block is to get a good copywriter onto the case. Nowadays, a word paints a thousand pictures . . .

  4. adam valentine profile image62
    adam valentineposted 8 years ago

    I appreciate realism. I don't understand abstract art at all. "Ooooooh look at the use of color." "Look at the bold strokes."  What the hell????

    People that "know" about art will try to make you feel like a moron if you say you don't like something that looks like a couple of monkeys had a mud wrestling match on a canvas.

    I was participating in an art show (beer and music street fair) last year and they had judges going around. The woman next to me won first place for the show. Her "art" was crappy jewelry made out of old typewriter keys. Again I say, what the hell???????????

    I try for realism in my work and I just do what I enjoy. If you want to make the big bucks I don't think it even matters if your art is good or bad. It all comes down to marketing. If you can find a way to make a name for yourself you can slap a $10,000 price tag on a pile of crap and have people lining up for it.

    If you want to sell art, or anything else, you need to know how to market it.

    1. darkside profile image84
      darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      That's pretty much it.

      Image and branding.

  5. waynet profile image47
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Great I've got lots of junk in all corners of my house, so best sort out some effective marketing for rusty knick knacks and old coffee jars....hey maybe I could scrape off the rust into the jars and make an artistic view of rustic coffee for a rustic house...the marketing possibilities are quite endless!!