Blog 3: The Price of Everything, the Value of Nothing

1) The film intersects with Berger’s Ways of Seeing in that the minority, the upper class, absolutely controls art and how it is seen – assigning monetary value and worth and therefore controlling which stories are told and valued. The sellers often buy cheap from the artist and then sell it for much much more while the artist merely gets credit and tries to make more to potentially get more money for the next work. It all becomes monetarily driven and then controlled by the exact people Berger speaks against. Art is referred to as “assets” and money seems to be the most common discourse about these pieces.

2) Art should be held ethically responsible, as everything should be. I can’t help but let Deveraux’s arguments influence my thoughts here as art is meant to reflect life and viewpoints, thereby harmful art for the sake of it can cause plenty of harm in the viewers, as well as a society that knows that such harmful work and harmful art market practices are rewarded. Elitism and classism are rampant in the art collector community and it tends to overshadow the artist and the actual art itself, making it more of a money laundering and clout business than artistic and creative.

3) Art and artists should have value and should be compensated for talent and work, but the way the art market is going and has gone on for so long is just terrible and is usually much beyond the art itself. Again, it’s become more about the elitist, classist, status symbol and exploitation. I don’t know what the solution is, here. Berger argues for artists to create and control the market themselves, but that also moves past our capitalist institution and I’m just not sure how that could work.


1 Comment

  1. haleykeith1 says:

    Hey Holly!
    I agree with everything you said. I think it is so crazy that artists get the raw end of the deal when it comes to their own work being sold. I can’t help but think of that tik tok sound where the small business owners talk about why their prices are so high.


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