Monday, May 14, 2012

'The Scream' and the value of art

I had a column in the Canberra Times today, 'Never mind the quality, feel the art's price'.

Prompted by the absurd ticked price of Munch's 'The Scream', I'm arguing for more focus on the aesthetic - rather than the economic - value of art. A sample:
My point is not to denigrate old art, or champion contemporary artists. My point is to champion art's value, and to properly distinguish it from outlandish auction figures. Art is not only a commodity, to be bought, sold and speculated about. It is also something to create, and to seek out in galleries, museums, study walls, studios, school yards. It is chiefly an aesthetic spectacle, not a financial one. Better to gasp at paints or pastels than scream at a price tag.
(Photo: The Magazine)

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