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29.9.06

smh is repetitive and the artlife is on the money

evidence as follows:

1. today i read the second review of the Juan Davila show by a SMH 'arts writer' in as many weeks!

I mean, he's great, but, please, it's a little monotonous!
Do Tracey and John go to any other galleries apart from the MCA?
More to the point, does the arts editor actually read the submissions entering his inbox?


2. the artlife's poll, (that has been running for far too long now, but anyway) is officially gospel.

the top response to Winning an art competition is is
A way to pay off some credit card debt" at 28%.

Today, Lucy Culliton said, when asked what she was going to spend her winnings from the Portia Geach on said "pay of my credit card debt"!!!*

hmmm.. food for thought.

*[lovingly paraphrased from www.smh.com.au]

3 Comments:

At 29 September, 2006 12:47, Blogger Gricegrocers said...

Brief rant:

Lucy Culliton recieved a favourable review by Peter Hill in 2004, and she sold lots of paintings and I doubt the people who bought her paintings for pleasure's sake (read: lifestyle investment) have any regrets.

A similar thing happened with Shona Wilson when John MacDonald said nice things about her work.

This kind of consumer guiding is too rare in the Sydney art market.

I ask you: do most people find that sort of thing insufferably commercially vapid and twee ... you know ... a reliable art critic taking a desirable product to a ready market that only needs a credible source of info to tell them where they can go and get some of that good good art stuff.

The missed opportunity I tell ye!

 
At 29 September, 2006 13:14, Blogger lauren said...

It was only after listening intently to the valuable information from a new commercial gallery owner, who used to work in other galleries in both the primary and secondary market, that i began to really understand the power of the media in the market.

a funny thing i noticed in the SMH a little while ago, John McDonald reviewed the work of some guy i'd never heard of, some undiscovered treasure, Joseph Someone who created early Australian colonial work. The next week, Michael Reid "the oracle" tells everyone of the value of the same artist! Hmmm... so, how does the market get increased values then???

 
At 29 September, 2006 14:25, Blogger Gricegrocers said...

Literally it's the law of supply and demand, that sort of historically important artwork would be interesting to a serious collector like Kerry Stokes or the NGA and then there are the art investors who would like to sell the thing to people like Kerry Stokes or the NGA for the highest price possible.

The contemporary art market, on the other hand, is much more like putty in the hands of a critic at the SMH, Fin review, Age or The Australian because they are excellent marketing tools. If those critics try to sell good artworks to the general public then they tend to be successful. I don't think they could influence people to buy bad work, but their influence is much stronger in terms of what they ignore.

 

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