Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mediocrity: Art...Things to look for...

Update: Just read "Provenance: How a con man & an art forger rewrote art history" on KoboBooks.com where you can buy the book online & actually just read it on their website...(18 dollars for that privilege)...
So, comment: The art ethic about copying old masters is this: You are allowed to copy works as long as you DON'T SELL THEM... The idea is that art students can learn how the greats painted by following their lines...Never never never intended to be a sales opportunity...
The end of the book talks about how someone goes on to start a company called "genuine Fakes" which, under the false proposition that you can fake a master as long as you tell it is a fake...THIS IS ACTUALLY NOT TRUE.
Yes, people do it. Yes, it is on the market. NO, IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE ART COMMUNITY. NO, YOU MAY NOT COPY AN ART WORK AND SELL THE COPY AS LONG AS YOU TELL...This violates a longstanding ethic of art history. That copying is merely for educational purposes , not for profit.
Just because people make copies & sell them as genuine fakes does not make it right. KNOW THIS.




Look for:
1)realism traced from photographs then multiplied back into photo-mechanical prints in
huge numbers then signed in pencil & called “limited” edition prints which cost about 6
dollars a piece of 22x30 inch paper to run if you run 500 at a time...by the way...
2)repetitive formulaic simple subject painted in acrylic paint & sold at oil paint prices,
painted really large to disguise the simplicity of the execution...Style copied from other
artists...(but you wouldn’t know that)...
3)subject altered to reflect another artist who is doing well with that particular
subject...So, the subject of the copy artist just changes with whatever someone else is
having success with...Subject not organic to copy artists cares...
4)Digital photo reproduction onto a piece of cotton canvas then painted over ina few
places to look abstract-ish or hand-painted...Your eye really is only caught with the
photo but the paint confuses you into thinking the heavy detail was hand-painted...
5)Same painting, same colours, just move objects around slightly from canvas to canvas
to make it look different. formulaic. Colours may be inappropriate for your particular
climate as these hacks need to travel so people don’t catch on...(same painting over &
over, like the same con, over & over, you gotta move before people talk...)
6)Using another artists style, like pointillism...Laid on top of say a group of seven
knock-off...so, you copy another artist’s painting image then switch up the technique by
copying a different artist’s style so it looks different...
7)More photographs printed onto canvas , framed expensively & sold as
paintings...basically the idea is to fool your friends into thinking you have a masterpiece
unless they get real close & see it’s just a photo...Fool’s gold...
8)
Crappy Art...things to look for...
8)Pricing ...Typical Canadian consumer today...(yesterday).
I have 150 dollars to spend (Canadian currency)...
I 'look' at art that is 800 dollars asking price...Translation: I know I can get it for 400 dollars?
Anything more than $1,500.00 asking I don't look at...means:$750 is my upper limit?
If an art is $125,000.00, I decide it must be beautiful...ok:anything at 75 grand has been approved by the art community at large?
A gallery that asks minimum $3,000.00 is good? If there is nothing priced less than 1,500 (under the table) it is classy art?
Conclusions from this research:if all consumer products are priced at double what the consumer has in her pocket, then the underground market is selling art at half the posted price in the store without paying retail sales taxes...or federal...
So, a typical Canadian collector imagines all prices posted can be dropped to half price or 50 percent off?
The reality is, is that you can bid in Canada on a work of art starting at 10% of asking ...That 125 thou painting you can start the bidding at 12 grand 5 hundred...Why? because you are supposed to tithe 10 percent to the church & someone reversed the numbers. A very common scam is for an artist to say he will give the gallery a "One Third Off Deal"...That means the gallery can purchase anything at one third off & resell it at full price...A current scam is just to reverse that number...Gallery owner says I will give you Two Thirds Off of the retail price...That is supposed to be the artist's take...But artist is an artist, not a business person...Artist has been told "something about one third"...So artist sells his or her art for One third of cost...Big mistake. Artist always takes 2/3, gallery takes 1/3...Gallery buys at 1/3 off, NOT 2/3 off, nor 1/3 of retail price...
be very very careful...If a gallery owner reverses numbers, you should walk out, fast...Run if you can...
Like this, "I'll give you the finder's fee to buy your house?"...What? I'll pay you a tiny commission amount to buy your house...
No...You get full retail price for your house, THEN you pay a tiny commission to a-shole...If you still want to work with that scumbag real estate agent who was trying to jive you...The point is, is that you should try to get a higher price for your art rather than settling for an undercut of wholesale...? No, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, you say. But ah! I like birds, set them free. So, conclusion number two, if you want to eat bird today then sell low, at least you sold. If you are not too hungry you can wait & let some other early bird get the worm, so to speak. Meaning, give another artist a chance...You can wait till prices come back up again. Actually what I mean to say is, by holding your art work off the market it will increase demand then prices will rise...I hold.

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