“Even the most art-averse cynic will recognize the blood, sweat and tears that went in to creating this strange and beautiful experience.” – Jordan Hoffman, reviewing Sky Ladder in The Guardian
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By Your Culture Scout
In the 21st century, serious collectors have significantly turned away from old masters and impressionism towards modern art. One of the reasons is an obvious lack of supply- whenever a major old painting comes up at an auction, its price is sky high even if the quality is not so great. Moreover, there are many famous artists whose output is limited and most of it is already locked in museum vaults. It is impossible to collect Vermeer or even Caspar David Friedrich whose body of work would never sustain major collecting. Picasso, with his 50,000 pieces of art, would be much easier to collect if not for the price, but the general collecting trend has now moved even further to the late 20th century and contemporary art. Modern art is being sought and purchased at head-spinning prices, to great extent as an inflation hedge rather than a genuine love of art objects. For every unique and amazing Murakami, there are many weird and plain ugly art expressions that still fetch huge prices simply because they are available for purchase.
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[CAF Note: This is an excerpt from this week’s Solari Report with Richard Dolan which will publish on Thanksgiving – a time to give thanks for those who nourish the light!]
The good news is that there is enough people who have the energy, who have the education and intelligence and the courage to fight this fight.
I look back at the long history of our civilization and what I see is a long history of injustice and the long history of deception, a long history of darkness typically winning out over light. But the one good thing I can always see is that the light is never extinguished.
The effort to shed light into the darkness and shed truth into the falsehoods has never gone away.
For me it not about winning. It’s about one thing. I have this life. I have got this time to work with. Am I going to use it in a way that I can be proud of when it is time for me to check out – as it is for all of us?
At some point we all have to say goodbye to this incarnation.
When my time comes I simply want to be proud – as proud as I can be of what I’ve done. It is not about succeeding for all of humanity because I just don’t know if that is going to happen. It’s about comporting myself in the best way that I can and doing the very best that I can for the fight that is the good fight.
~ Richard Dolan