in previous shipment we have talked (especially your thoughts in comments were amazing!) about importance of art and unique creative work in our world. You made me truly think more deeply about this essential topic. I have connected dots from past months about changes in perception and value of the art in the age of commerce, we happen to live in now. Guys, I want you to form your own opinion and make your own judgment. Let me bring into your attention commercially not very well known sources, which were collected for you in past few months and now it made sense to ship them.
Documentary: The Mona Lisa Curse
Documentary: The Art Of The Steal
Here you can find its trailer on Youtube. You may also want to read NY Times review of The Art Of The Steal documentary about Barnes Collection.
Let me also insert a short story about Joseph Heller:
Joseph Heller – author of Catch 22 was told by his friend, that host of a party they are in, who was a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day then Heller had earned from his novel over its whole history. Heller responded on it:
“Yes, but I have something he will never have…Enough.”
I truly hope, that we (we as a mankind/society/SCG-ers/individuals) will wake up from this destruction of real sincere art by money driven greedy commodity traders and we will be able to distinguish between “experts” with money and critics who live and breath art their whole lives.
Maybe it is time to reconsider what success is, who are “celebrities” we admire and listen to, who are presented to us by mainstream media as role models and experts…
Maybe it is time to reevaluate what price tags we put on things and what we value as nothing. Raj Patel summed it up nicely in this 3 minutes must-watch video
Maybe the time is now…
what say you: How many naked emperors do you have around you (in your neighborhood in your office, in your country)? How many times did you stand up and said loudly what others cannot 0r don’t want to see? Are those wealthy people truly hard working creative geniuses or they are just artists of the steal?
Let me to conclude with Seth Godin’s words from his latest blog post: “Capital isn’t driving our economy any longer, innovation by unique people is.”
So, we better get our focus right again.
[Bonus updated on 27th July 2011] -> Benjamin Wallace: Does happiness have a price tag?