February 8, 2010

Another Kind of Machine

“A menu of certain favorite artists has gotten expensive because they have been promoted. This is my opinion and it has very little to do very often with how important they are. […] If you’ve got an artist…like there’s a huge supply, it permits…promotion of the artist, you can have exhibitions everywhere and it’s worth people’s while to promote it. Some of the stuff that’s consequential doesn’t get shown because it isn’t trendy and why it isn’t trendy I’ve just explained: basically, it isn’t worth anyone’s while to make it trendy.”
- Richard Feigen, NYC art dealer.

“An all-consuming art market has become the dictator of taste. It’s largely turned into a game between a few artists and the promotional machine that surrounds them.”
- Robert Hughes in “The Mona Lisa Curse.”

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