Does art always have value?

writing about ‘art’ is challenging from the offset, for the simple reason of ‘art’ being a huge realm. So, talking about value, what do I mean? What is the value of a child’s drawing? Many fold… pleasure for the creative child, practice of their skills, experience of creation, the joy of the parent seeing it,Continue reading “Does art always have value?”

Does art need to serve anyone to be important ? Does art need to be important ?

Importance and value. Hmmm. The child’s painting is important, and maybe art is always important? Possibly. Some art is more important than other? Perhaps. Sometimes I see art in terms of ‘good and bad’ important and trivial, and other times it all merges into one, a formless essence, all of it related, all of itContinue reading “Does art need to serve anyone to be important ? Does art need to be important ?”

What if an artist created a ‘blasphemous’ painting, sold it, and used the money to save the life of someone?

I’m just being provocative really, but it’s an interesting ethical / moral dilemma. I heard an artist speak the other week, he had created paintings that included religious imagery, Hindu, I believe. But those paintings had caused a religious backlash. There’s been many instances of this, but I was listening to him, and just wondering,Continue reading “What if an artist created a ‘blasphemous’ painting, sold it, and used the money to save the life of someone?”

Time for movement

I’m writing this in the cafe in Barclays Fintech Accelerator, in Shoreditch, a five story building housing innovative financial technology startups from a global field. They’re about to announce the next ten companies in their accelerator cohort. Perhaps the art market could do with a similar approach. Open call, find the best, the innovators andContinue reading “Time for movement”

Commission the saving of a human life.

I’ve decided to offer this service. I’ve done it once, I can do it again. Many times perhaps. In this World, at this time, we can buy anything, pretty much. We can buy animals, minerals, vegetables, we can buy almost any and every service. The saving of a human life. I believe that may beContinue reading “Commission the saving of a human life.”

This caught my eye yesterday,

It’s a ‘quilt’, made from the signs used by beggars, homeless people, ‘panhandlers’ as they are sometimes called in the US. The quilt, reminiscent of Tracy Emins work, perhaps her tent, ‘All the people I ever slept with’ , or perhaps a Grayson Perry tapestry, was produced by a pair of police officers in AlabamaContinue reading “This caught my eye yesterday,”