does the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is?

I love Kitty’s blog, but I feel that, like most people, she doesn’t blog enough!

Since we both agree that blogging is therapy I recently came up with an idea that will get us both blogging more.

I bought a box of ‘100 Questions’ from The School of Life and my idea is that on alternating days we select a card from the box for each other and they answer that question (and finish the post with the question for the next day). So we’ll be each blogging every second day.

I’ll start today with the first question for myself:

“Does the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is?”

This is an interesting question that I believe that I can best answer with some examples.

As you may know, Junior Pixels loves drawing ducks, and there’s something wondrous about his duck art. Whilst the price of one of these ducks is practically zero (the cost of some paper and some pencils); there’s not many pieces of art I consider better than one of these, so in my opinion the price doesn’t reflect how good it is at all.

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Kitty loves making Ojo de Dios artwork and again the price of each one is marginal (much less than one dollar in parts) but in no way reflects how good they are: they are personally way more valuable than the some of their parts.

On the other extreme if you think of the most expensive painting in the world the Mona Lisa which is insured for $780 million dollars and you ask is that single piece of art worth that amount of money? Is the Mona Lisa 780 million better than an original duck by Junior Pixels? It’s a nice painting and I like it but in my opinion no it’s not worth that much.

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Finally, street art adds an interesting dimension to this question. Most street art is ephemeral: it could disappear overnight by being painted over accidentally or deliberately (there’s an entire wikipedia article of Banky artworks that have been destroyed). So some would say that street art doesn’t have any price since it can so easily be destroyed or damaged, and can’t be bought, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good: I’ve seen countless street art pieces that I personally think are much better than some ‘expensive’ art pieces I have seen in galleries.

So, no, I don’t believe that the price of a work of art ever reflect how good it is. Not at all.


Question for Kitty tomorrow:

“If you could own any one piece of art, what would it be?”

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