|Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
We all have to eat. The artist who is all about the art and dies of starvation is not helping any one. And when the body starts to rot with all the flies and oil paint. Nasty!
A work of art is purchased.
In the film "The Agony and the Ecstacy" starring Charleton Heston who plays Michaelangelo, the actor playing Raphael has a line: "we are like harlots peddling beauty at the doorsteps of the mighty." Read whatever you want into that.
Let it go.
I don't think that the artist is bought with the art piece. A moment in time of the artist is bought. Once I have finished a piece of work, whatever needed to be processed has been, and the object is now a by product.
Depends on who you are. If nobody knows who you are, they're buying the art. If it's so you can tell people you have a "Dave" on your wall, you're buying the artist.
Both. I feel a part of the artist is bought with each piece of work purchased. It is that personal.
To some degree, yes. Unfortunately many people buy a piece of art because they think it will look nice in their living room, or maybe the color matches the sofa. People who really appreciate art can see further into a piece and see what it is about it that is unique. That is the artist in it.
Commerce is a part of the human experience. Just because you sell your work does not mean you have to sell out. We can sometimes become too high minded as if the world of ideas can never be touched by the mundane.
Depends on if the artist is dead or not. I mean you cant really buy a dead person.
Good question.Depends on how much of himself the artist is willing to
sell or sell out.
That sounds a bit dramatic to me!
Art is the creation of the artist - they are tied in together. Someone may own a painting labelled as an Andy Warhol, but it is highly likely he did not play any part in that particular print's creation. Is it still one of his works? Yes of course.
That depends on the buyer. I have bought art because I like a particular piece, not because I like the artist. I think most people who buy art who are not collectors fall into this category.
On the other hand, there artists that I follow because I like their work in general. If I were in the position to buy art regularly, I probably would try to find an artist I liked and purchase from him/her almost exclusively.
At some point the parent must allow his children to assume their own lives as independent, mature offspring. An artist who cannot let go of his work does not allow it to be complete.
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