Taboo Trade

“There must be an element that piques academicians to want to study art. There must also be another element that piques interest in art collecting. That element, in contrary to what many thought was two prong, stems from just one single prong. And that is the monetary worth attached to art. That monetary worth is not spurred only by tradespeople and collectors.
From the tradespeople and collectors point of view , if we thrash monetary worth because some considers it taboo to even mention it, then all that is left in art appreciation from the very beginning is the inert beauty attached to them. Not ugliness. For who would want to commission, albeit collect an ugly picture?
Thus, it is this encounter and fascination with pretty pictures and the grasp it has on collectors who are willing to pay top dollars, that spurs academicians to want to study and dissect them, thence publish their findings. Yet, there is another aspect which scholars decide if a pretty picture is art worthy. And that is ‘a pretty picture must also be thought provoking’ as well. The narrative side. And a thought provoking picture is not necessarily pretty to look at. Hence academicians does have a role to play in how ugliness expounded by some artist seeps into the art domain as important which was once only about beauty.
Thus, with all these accusations that collectors were the reason why commercialism thrive in art, one has to look further to the cause and include scholarly pursuits as yet another guilty element that assist in the monetary worth of artworks by reason based on their findings.
It is very clear that when one noted scholar or authenticator declares a work dubious, thence it’s collectibility and worth will drop rapidly, despite it being pretty, or thought provoking. And if another ugly work is endorsed by ten scholars as sufficiently good material, its value will skyrocket, with or without that taboo element some called it trade.”

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