Monday, November 8, 2010
It's Cold, I need Hot Chocolate and Some Good Art
Do you feel like we live in a world where people are unappreciative of original artwork. Or maybe the people that are appreciative are in the low minority? I often feel that way, and wonder what can be done to shift the paradigm. I mean if you take a look anywhere you will see cheap art prints-- they lurks around every corner. Furniture stores have them, small stores in the mall have them, they are in banks, hotels, restaurants and mostly in every home. I have seen people buy fifteen dollar poster prints and spend $400 on framing. These same people would never buy a piece of original work for their home or office. If you don't believe me, the next time you are out spot the places with original art and spot the places where you see a print. The latter will out number the first tenfold. The art world caters to a small minority of people with a passion for original work. These days, when every thing is produced for a cheaper cost overseas it is hard for people to understand artwork costs.
Some things to think about:
What can be done to raise awareness that real art is uber fab and cheap prints are drab.
As artists are we helping or hurting the situation by getting into the Giclee business.
Can we start a dialog with our not artist friends-- see what they think and why do they by prints. Do they even think about it.
Do people spend more time wanting hamburgers than original art.
Do you buy art prints?