If you like to purchase original art at affordable prices then this news may seem silly. However for galleries that are struggling in these recessionary times this may be good news indeed. Art that is accessible, such as art in an impressionist style, can sell for good prices for both collector and gallery. It is OK to have art that is beautiful for the sake of beauty. You no longer have to grit your teeth at shock art, for instance, to impress your peers. Political art is one thing, but to grace your home? Perhaps not.
If you are wondering about the quality of this art then rest assured. A high price does not guarantee good quality. Affordably priced art can be of the highest quality. Most artists are using top quality materials and do take their art very seriously. Any professional artist today will have to strive for producing excellent quality art to survive. High prices at auction has much more to do with provenance. Who owned the art work can hugely inflate auction prices.
The recent BBC documentary, What Makes Art Valuable?, provides a fascinating look into the high end art market. Watch the documentary below and be amazed by the prices and motivations behind the purchases of the top 10 most expensive paintings.
No doubt there will always be super wealthy collectors making up headline prices, but is there a change in sight? Will art be simply about art again? No price tags taking centre stage, but simply for the transcendence that art brings to artists and collectors alike? It is revealing that many art dealers and collectors in the above documentary rue the outrageous prices. Do these prices have any relationship to the art itself? You decide.
Collecting art is fun and I have never regretted purchasing a beautiful painting. I look at these paintings on a daily basis. It is a moment of peace that I am grateful for. I would not like to worry about market prices and insurance.
That would ruin the art.
Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa