An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Art is like a Labrador!

Have you ever wondered looking at an art piece as to why one would sell more than the other? Doesn’t the art of the world makes you wonder why should anyone pay so high for it? And honestly it does seem to be a big club of self-promoting idiots in the art world out there..So, the question that Jerry Saltz asks here is – Is Art making us Stupid or are we making it Stupid? Probably both! We both deserve each other!

….. as for me, this kid is my hero when it comes to viewing Modern Art!

To some, the art market is a self-help movement, a private consumer vortex of dreams, a cash-addled image-addicted drug that makes consumers prowl art capitals for the next paradigm shift. This set seeks out art that looks like things they already know: anything resembling Warhol, Richter, Koons, Tuymans, Prince, and Wool could be good; any male painter in his thirties could be great. To others, the market is just a jolly popularity contest, or as New York Times reporter David Carr put it about having his own blog, it’s like "a large yellow Labrador: friendly, fun, not all that bright, but constantly demanding your attention."

For many, the art market is a communal version of the Primal Scene—a sexed-up site that offers a peek into the bedroom of the creative act. Art advisers and collectors now treat art fairs and auctions like Warhol’s Factory: Places to flaunt junkie-like behavior while hoping one’s creative potential might bloom. In this global circus, mega-collectors like Charles Saatchi and Francois Pinault are the art world’s P.T. Barnums: showmen who have become part of the show—moguls who understand that the market is a medium that can be manipulated.

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