Thursday, January 13, 2011

302. Taking advantage of distressed art

Jan 13, 2010

Khin Khin phoned me to say that the artist was selling her artwork I like (Myanmar market scenes) at fire-sale prices. "Give her $150 per painting," she advised. "She needs the money to pay the rent."

It is not good to take advantage. "No," I said. "I want to hang the art on my Surgery walls or home. I don't want to see it as one that is bought from an artist in distress. It is just not what I will do."

Artists need to sell. Vets need to diagnose and treat. It is just sad that this artist could not sell her artwork internationally. Much promotion and creating awareness is needed. I think an art gallery sponsor or patron is what make some talented artists successful. Talents can only go a short distance.

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