“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn’t know the market place of any single thing.”
– Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
“The first step – especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money – the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”
– Chuck Palahniuk
“When your self-worth goes up, your net worth goes up with it.”
– Mark Victor Hansen
Here’s my theory.
Bad art is simply produced by an artist who is learning. That’s what failure is. And it fails because the artist didn’t have enough discipline, preparation, focus, or inherent talent. It fails because it’s a first experiment, a shaky start, the artist wasn’t sure about it, and it’s the only way to find out how to improve. The artist simply hasn’t learned, from experience, about what feels best (for them).
“Even at [the art market’s] height, 1% of 1% of 1% of all artists made money. You can rail against the business practices of the art world, but even in flush times reputations are built on credibility, not on money or the market. The public is suspicious of the art world because the art market, and not art, is what they saw first when they saw art. Regardless, just because a dealer makes a lot of money doesn’t mean that they have the respect of the art world. Money doesn’t earn respect. Respect exists outside of the market. If you are in art for the money, you’re not really in art at all. As Brice Marden said: “It’s not the art that’s suffering; it’s the market that’s suffering. They don’t have anything to do with each other.”
– Jerry Saltz, The Art Newspaper critic