READER ‘ZEV ROBINSON’ GIVES HIS OPINION ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POWER, MONEY AND ART:
‘First, art is very marketable, which is why it is a lucrative, billion dollar/Euro/pound business – for some.
If you mean, however, that Van Gogh paintings, for example, have the same aesthetical value now that they sell for 10′s of millions as they did when he couldn’t sell any, and that the market value is unrelated to its aesthetic value, then your argument would carry more weight, but even then it isn’t that simple.
Rubens went for more money and was more in demand than Vermeer because of aesthetic (and political) reasons. Boticelli went out of favour for aesthetic reasons, as did the painters of the Rococco during David’s Neo-classical reign.
Power, money and art have had a long, sometimes good, sometimes bad, relationship.’