The Soul of Fine Art: Delve into: art, passion, writing, dharma, zen, character, consciousness, culture, intuition, evolution, and the spirit we call soul.

eden's weblog:

you can't outsource your soul work

Tuesday Mar 28, 2006

The Critique

Ideally, a critic would bring the work of an artist to the attention of others in a positive way.

I have read where a well-known critic would go so far as to call certain artists frauds as their dealers were selling a few brushstrokes on canvas for tens of thousands of dollars.

Let us be clear. A fraud in art can only exist within a climate where the patron has not done his homework—and I do mean his homework—that is, not relying on a salesman or consultant to tell him what he’s looking at. 

Regardless of why the art is being acquired, my advice is to buy from living artists. The dearly departed no longer require financial support.

As W.C. Fields observed: “You can’t cheat an honest man.”