How Do You Value Art?

Posted on 12 July 2016

How do you value art “objectively”? Part of the point is that it’s deeply personal. What needs to happen is for works to be appreciated authentically. You pay the money because you feel a genuine connection with the work: not because it costs a lot of money, not because it’s famous, not because lots of other people think it’s amazing, not because it will give you status to own it. It’s okay to honour an artist who has deeply touched many people’s lives. However, your relationship with a work is your own. Choosing something because you like it validates both you and the artist, but it’s a deeply political act because you have to be willing to reveal something of yourself and forego what others might think.

Peace and kindness,


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