In my opinion this is really screwed up for a shit load of reasons. First of all collectors not only drive up prices and help the careers of a select few, but THEY ARE NOT ARTISTS!! They do not have to worry about food, studio/living space, etc. They also determine who gets to be a super star regardless of talent. They pick the flavor of the day and spend too much money. This hurts everyone regardless of how much they want to justify it. It hurts the galleries trying to keep up with pricing. They are forced to spend thousands to participate in art fairs which may or may not turn a profit. Artists have a hard time approaching galleries at these venues because the galleries are not there to meet artists. They are there to sell art. The last fair I went to I got the hard sell from 2 galleries. Honestly it was a turn off. I sent emails off to a few places to see if they were interested in submissions. Not a word. I understand they are probably bombarded with emails. Still rude not to answer people. So again, although the art market cannot exist without artists, they still insist on treating us like shit. Too bad….Is this blatant narcissism or what?
Finally got into Game Of Thrones. Wanted to see what all the hoopla was about. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are still my favorites. But in the meantime I remain entertained…stay tuned.