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Which Came First - Artist or Collector

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Which Came First - Artist or Collector

Mar 8, 2013
I know this may seem relatively familiar to those aware of the "chicken or egg" story. It does strike me that one really can't tell, these days, whether the tail is leading the dog or if it's even attached. You look at the artist's hunched shoulders and receive an, "I don't know". You look into the collector's eyes and see the "I don't know anything about Art glaze on their faces but I know what I like when I see it", only to wonder what gives in the Art world.

Paints and camera equipment are sky high in prices these days! Studio, gallery or other exhibition spaces are out of reach until your as old as Methuselah. But every body wants to pay the price you wanted when you began kindergarten.

Van Gogh's brother Theo couldn't give his art away, now collectors can't suck it up fast enough. Artists are still starving as collectors bristle at the fantastic bargains they've made. So again I ask which came first, "The Artist or the Collector Does it have any meaning according to today's way of enhancing value for, and contributing to society's knowledge pool.

I admit that the answer probably lies somewhere in the mind's eye of the believer and open the discussion up to any and all, so feel free to come forth with your commentary.

Until we meet again,

Elf Evans