If You Have Never Bought Art, You Are Doing Life Wrong
by Jen Graves
on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 1:56 PM
Don't just go to art walk tonight, get out your wallet and use it at art walk tonight.
In the new edition of A&P, I've written a manifesto about art-buying, because I'm tired of one fact that's endured in all the years I've been watching art in this city:
Seattle is a terrible place to sell art. Dealers and artists will all, universally, tell you this. Nobody buys art here. Galleries barely stay open, and then they don't, and then artists leave town just as they're beginning to become interesting, and everybody asks, "What happened?" even though nobody has ever bought any art here.
This has to change. This is a manifesto.
I'm talking to you. You are an average Seattle person. You are not wealthy. You are the 99 percent.
The last time you avoided an art gallery out of intimidation or slunk out of one feeling out of your depth? That was the final time. Right here, right now—this is the end of your lifelong career of never once having bought a piece of original art.
I don't care what you buy. I don't care how much it costs. But you will buy something. We are going to change this city right now.
Let's begin with the following basic understanding: You are not buying art to make anyone rich. Approximately point-zero-zero-one percent of artists ever make as much money over the span of their entire careers as a Microsoft or Amazon employee in a single year. If you are concerned that your art purchasing will create a class of brats, then your concern ought to be placed elsewhere in your consumption cycle.
Read the rest and, for the love of god, let's get this underway starting today.