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Silver Flicker by Marilyn Minter (one of the artists from the documentary)

  1. The film The Price of Everything intersects with Berger’s text Ways of Seeing by investigating the mechenics of the art world. The documentry delved into the thought process collectors and auctioners have when it comes to art that is sold. This intersects with the text because Berger intentinally mentioned how the minority upper class has dictated much of what is qualifed as great art simply because they are willing to pay a large sum of money to make a work of art private. This makes that art sought after and desirable.

2. a) Art should be held ethically accountable to the extent that the artist has approached the subject with grace. The art market also has an ethical responsibility to consider how the money acquired from the sale of art should be divided in a fairway.

2. b) Art and capital should comingle in the sense that artists deserve to be paid for their work. However, I do not think the art market should have exclusive rights to every painting that is held in high esteem in society. In fact, instances where art collectors buy paintings at low prices directly from the artists then turn around and sell them at a higher rate with no compensation to the artist should not happen. If a collector likes someone’s work, they could easily commission a piece from that artist to display their art in their home.

3. The documentary seemed like it was trying to give collectors and those involved in the auction world a little bit of plausibility deniability in what they were doing. However, there was something very striking in the visual difference between the artists and the others involved in the documentary. At least three of the artists shown in the documentary expressed disdain for the current practices in the art market. Some of the artists made the express wish that their art ends up in museums. The idea of which was scoffed at by collectors and marketing agents.


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