Monday, July 6, 2009
Art for Art's Sake
When did the decision to purchase a piece of artwork become motivated by it's possible resale value? In my opinion, the purpose of art is to provide the world with beauty and insight. Too many times, a customer comes into my shop, scrutinizes the selection of original art, closely examining the signature and then determines if the painting has any "value". I determine the value of a painting based on the fact that it speaks to me. Am I moved by this very personal revelation placed on canvas by the artist? This is a painting I bought 15 years ago at a yard sale. The artist, an art student at the U of U had just graduated and was selling off some work she had done while a student. I suppose there was something in the subject's melancholy expression that moved me. It cost me $20. It has been hanging over my sofa and providing me with joy on a daily basis ever since. When people come over, they look at the signature and suggest that we "Google" the artist to see if she has become renown because maybe it is "worth" something. To me. the painting is priceless. It's the best $20 I have ever spent.