Blog 3, the price of everything.

The Price of Everything response…

The Primary way the Film the price of everything intersects with Berger’s reasoning is in the commodification of artwork, I believe this is exemplified throughout the entirety of the film showing the process and economy surrounding the art pieces and community as a whole, and how Berger destroys all artful value by reducing it in words to only be about the commodity side of the equation.

Art should be then held ethically accountable in how it is treated, like how NFTs, crappy JPGs stuck in a blockchain, generate billions of dollars in a process that is nothing more than money laundering. It is irreparable now, money in this way is essential to the art world now and forever intertwined like deep thorny roots in a beating heart. Tearing and ripping out the monetary roots will in turn kill the art itself, as the majority of the modern art produced to be put on display in exhibits are done so solely for the money. This means in essence that no matter the encouragement or discouragement that these two fields are given, there is no feasible forward solution.

Finally, I have to find a disagree with aspects of Berger about the utilized commodification of artwork in its need to survive through purchase. In the text it is obvious that Berger attempts to give a more lighthearted or hopeful appeal to the message that I don’t find convincing. Although this is true, I do agree that it does need to survive, and it needs to find purchase in surfaces outside of the modernistic chasm of artful fancy people in suits that pony around the effort and material work provided.


Alright you made it to the bottom of the post, congratulations. Berger and Dev have formally and ultimately killed any interest in art as a medium that I have ever held so at this point this is just work to me. I’ve checked out for the semester with the only goal left being to pass so I can never interact with anything calling itself art again in my education. I wish it didn’t have to be this way but this part of the semester has damaged my mental health and I wholeheartedly blame this course for the turn in attitude resulting.
if you’re still reading this thanks for that, but keep it a secret or something I don’t know. Thanks for the effort in reading this small text ramble but seriously I could not give less care about the remainder of this course. Peace y’all.

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4 Comments

  1. christopherpeakshsu says:

    Hey Dalton. I really enjoyed this part of your post:

    “Tearing and ripping out the monetary roots will in turn kill the art itself, as the majority of the modern art produced to be put on display in exhibits are done so solely for the money.”

    I think this is a general problem within the modern art community, and ESPECIALLY within the new age NFT markets, as you explained in your blog. I also enjoyed your critique of Berger within his deduction of words. As we share similar views on this topic I assume, One question maybe you could answer is:

    If capital inherently gives modern art meaning, what was the meaning within art pre-hypercapitalism.

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    1. Dalton Ferguson says:

      this is a very thought provoking question you’ve presented and I appreciate your interaction with my blog post. To answer your question I think that I believe the meaning to premodern art was societal gain and fame, yes there was to capture an image and feeling about the world but art as a medium was made to capture specifically to share that experience with others, in a way that was the “payment” like money is now, to have the experience shared and appreciated by others that you valued as a person back then. thank you for your time.

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  2. ella04151 says:

    I agree with you that the art world and money have be so intertwined for so long that separating them completely would only harm artist lively hood and in turn, the industry itself. There must be a better way to go about the money and art relationship, but I will admit I do not know enough about the works of money or the industry to think up a working theory that might help.

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  3. jaylachambers says:

    Hello Dalton,
    I like that you emphasize the connection between art and money and how they are are intertwined. At this point, I do not think they can be separated. A lot of art is created now by artists for the material benefit of just money and not what they want to create and are passionate about expressing. I like this here, “It is irreparable now, money in this way is essential to the art world now and forever intertwined like deep thorny roots in a beating heart. Tearing and ripping out the monetary roots will in turn kill the art itself, as the majority of the modern art produced to be put on display in exhibits are done so solely for the money”. It is a very detailed comparison of the relation between art and money. Great post!

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