Nov 20, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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The Value of Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art is now big business, contemporary works fetch millions of pounds, artists are celebrities and exhibitions attract many people. So what value does contemporary art have ?
Once again, in order that people don't feel that they have to plough through the books in order to feel they can attend and contribute ( although of course I hope some will), I am suggesting a couple of books on the subject and also, ( brilliant timing!), this meeting coincides with the current series of Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4 given by Grayson Perry.
Just a clarification note - this is a general discussion and you don't have to read both books suggested. Although, of course, you can if you want to.
'The $12 million Stuffed Shark' - The curious economics of contemporary art and auction houses' by Don Thompson
'Seven Days in the Art World' by Sarah Thornton
'The Reith Lectures - Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery'
In the first of the four lectures 'Democracy has Bad Taste' which is now available to listen to on the BBC website and on BBC Radio iplayer and is also available to download as a podcast, Perry references both Sarah Thornton and the stuffed shark !
I hope this topic will engender some lively discussion where I hope nobody has to resort to the cliché - 'My five year old could have done that!'