I just heard a artist interviewed on the radio.  He had spent more than $10,000 in material constructing sculpture somewhere in Michigan.  the value of his art did not include any of his time, much less his ideas. 

I wonder if those great Impressionists ever had a clue that their art work would sell for the megamillions, as a recent Monet was said to have attained.  Was there irony when collectors, not artistis, profited from art?  Was art, literature, music supposed to be about making money?  But when the creator, the producer, the performer, did not receive a fair valuation in their lifetime for the artwork in the first place, was art collecting the ultimate in illusion?


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