Who Really Creates the Art Market?

Who Really Creates the Art Market?


Who Really Creates the Art Market – Museums, Auctions, Curators, Critics, Artists, Collectors or Galleries?
May 8th –June 22, 2007
Part of the 2007 Taking a Look Series
Gallery Nights: May 17 & June 22

Providence, RI. Bert Gallery, located along the Providence waterfront at Corliss Landing, 540 South Water Street, continues the taking a look 2007 theme series with the topic Who Really Creates the Art Market – Museums, Auctions, Curators, Critics, Artists, Collectors or Galleries? from May 8th through to June 22nd. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11 – 5pm, Saturdays 12 – 4pm or by appointment. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

The art world is made up of a variety of factions that create and effect the market. Ironically, no one in the field lacks for ego, and of course we each feel we are the masters of the art universe. How do you measure success in the art world—is it really about the art itself, those who create the art or the handlers of art? If an artist has a museum exhibit, does it increase the value of his or her art? Who reads the art critic’s review and what is its impact on an artist’s career? A dealer represents an artist: what does that mean? Once an artist sets an auction record, are they then ‘discovered’?

This exhibit will look at a variety of Rhode Island artists from the differing perspectives of the art world. Each artist will have an report card ranking them on their success in the various visual arts arenas. Florence Leif (1913-1968) scores high in the artist and critics’ world for her colorful and interpretive landscapes. Collectors are attracted to the theatrical and dance themes of James Herbert (1896 – 1970). Thirty-three museums have Grace Albee (1890 – 1995) in their collections but her auction prices remain tepid. See a number of fine artists across a broad spectrum of viewpoints and come to understand the complexity of evaluating an artist in the market place. Complimenting the main exhibit is a small pocket exhibit of contemporary Rhode Island artists Gasbarro, Speiser, Martiesian, Levin and Vitullo. For the past twenty years, Bert Gallery has exhibited these artists, working hard to promote local talent beyond the state borders. The particular challenges for contemporary artists are addressed in this limited installation.