Thursday, September 14, 2006

Truth in Art

Have you ever been at a gallery, restaurant, hotel or other place where art is sold, found something you liked, and then had to bend over and squint at the price tag?

Well, Anthony White has a cure for that problem.

That's a 12" x 16" painting in its entirety, ready to hang, and its price in Australian dollars (if you buy it from him). He's doing a limited series of paintings in several currencies. He's currently selling the $101 piece for the American dollar. He started at $1, and worked his way up in dollar increments.

Some of the folks who bought early pieces have resold at a profit. For instance, the nine dollar (Australian) painting was sold not quite a year later for three hundred dollars.

White has a cheeky quote across the bottom of one of his pages, "In order for art to be truly beautiful there must be an element of investment as well." The pun on the word "investment" is especially appropriate here.

I wouldn't buy this art, but I like the idea of it, and I like the idea that White is able to sell it to people who get it. It proves that you don't have to be a technically proficient artist (tho White might be) in order to be a successful and challenging artist.



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