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Art in Context : Discussion 5

"When bankers gather, they like to talk about art," as the good Oscar used to say, "but when artists congregate, they usually talk about money." With that, this week's Q&A:

1. Would art sink without money?

2. Are art brokers necessary?

3. In what form do you prefer these "art brokers" to appear as -

a) Art dealers / gallery operators?

b) Government institutions (including the royal families)?

c) Private collectors?

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d) Art doesn't need brokers because ________ (please fill in the blanks)



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I must eschew my usual long-windedness because I have to go to a funeral and just got some very depressing news, but such is life.

1. No. There was no monetary reward for those cave painters or for the guys what illuminated the Book of Kells, and they made art OK. It would, however, eliminate the boot-licking suck-up corporate artist and cut down on travelling exhibitions sponsored by the Ford Foundation if it were wiped out.
2. Even Barry McGee and Rigo have representation, so I suppose so. But, things would probably progress just as well without them. Just like you don't need a church to commune with the spirit or a comfortable mattress on which to sleep or a trap to catch a rat, you don't need a broker for any aspect of art.
3. d. Art doesn't need brokers because it has always existed and always will.

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1. Would art sink without money?

To a certain degree, we are no longer cavemen.

2. Are art brokers necessary?

In many cases.

3. In what form do you prefer these "art brokers" to appear as -

Dealers/opperaters.
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... but such is life.
This is definitely off-topic. There is a horizontal scroll in the Metropolitan Museum of New York's collection which depicts a sleeping man watching himself flying out the window.

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1. The way I see it, there's cheap art and expensive art; the former not necessarily being under par. There would always be a constant demand for all forms of art among the masses regardless of how times change. If all the money was to be pulled out of the industry this instant there would be a drastic decline on the price tags which in turn would attract people of all leagues. Although it would carry less appeal for the high society and the so called elite; but art would still stay very much alive.

2. Necessary? No. But looking at it from the business aspect, it's like any other so it's unavoidable.

3. d - Art doesn't need brokers because it will never cease to exist regardless of who paints, who handles, who displays or who buys. These things are secondary.

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