Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Famous Paintings Sell For Millions At Auction, But The Artist Gets Zero : NPR

Famous Paintings Sell For Millions At Auction, But The Artist Gets Zero : NPR



I thought this was a bad idea when I read it in the Guardian, still do.

It's sold. It's sold. Not leased, not lent, it's sold. What happens afterwards is the concern of the current owner, not the creator of the work.

And Scull was right: if the work increases in 'collect-ability', and the artist is still producing work, then the artist should be able to sell current works at increased prices.  And this bit about 'or their descendants'? How long does that go on? Forever? Bullocks.

If the artist doesn't like the way things work, then let them get a real job. You know, a 9 - 5, or 9 - 9 sometimes, and suffer the slings and arrows of dealing with real life every day.

I admit, my opinion is probably jaded by the characters of local artists. Like the one who gathers beach trash, puts it on a canvas and spray paints the whole mess, then charges $350 for this 'beach treasure'.

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