I would have to admit trying to understand the Contemporary Art world dose not always come easy for me. At times it is hard to distinguish what is really art and what is not. It might seem as if I am still living in the past with classical artwork, or maybe just nervous to get my hands a little dirty with Contemporary Art. Through the semester I learned and accepted that we as artist have to create art as of today. Times have changed tremendously and it does not seem that it will slow down anytime soon. Therefore I’m more open minded when it comes to contemporary art, but indeed there is a lot to still learn.
Sarah Thornton’s book Seven Days in the Art World, divides her observations of different Art environment into seven different narrative chapters. Throughout the book she is constantly interviewing a variety of people hoping to get a better understanding about contemporary art. Some are very opinionated when it comes to what art really is. Maybe it is something we just feel or have an emotional connection to when we look at it.
In her first chapter “ The Auction” Philippe Segalot who is an art consultant believes “You feel something,” he says with fervor. “ I don’t need to read about art. I’m not interested in the literature about art. I get all the art magazines, but don’t read them. I don’t want to be influenced by reviews. I look. I fill myself with images. I am convinced that great art speaks for itself.” In all honestly I admit that I do not always read, but I think if it is something as important as art and buying it, a person should know a little bit of background about the piece even the artist name. Then again Segalot probably has better intuition than I do considering all the money that is involved when it comes to buying.
It is quite obvious that huge amounts of money play a part in the art world. In order to own such fabulous work you have to have money and a high social class even a certain appearance. The color and worth of a painting tends to determine if it is sold or not. Sometimes its color and subject matter that gets the piece sold. Though the pieces are not living they go though a lot of judgment as if they were in a there own social circle. Sarah Thornton ask what kind of art sells at action? Amy Cappellazzo replies “people have a litmus test with color. Brown paintings don’t sell as well as blue or red paintings. A glum painting is not going to go as well as a painting that makes people feel happy.” If it makes a person happy then it is bought. It is a feeling of vanity a person might get when buying clothes. There is social value when it comes to buying art, and a feeling of who's who. Seven days in the art world is full of different ways of understanding the Contemporary Art world even if it is out of price range for the average person. It does not mean we should not try to learn from it.