What is the impact of the current concentration of wealth on the art trade? The current boom in contemporary art reflects income inequality. Like in other economic sectors, the top of the market approaches the luxury art market through branding and marketing, and for the galleries at that level, the consequence is to “grow or go”.
Although the role of TALKING GALLERIES is not to address the top end of the market –which have a different problematic than the larger number of galleries–, what emerges is the necessity of a resistanceresponse on the part of the mid and small sized galleries to the concentration at the top and to the power of the auction houses. Could this resistance strategy be best organised and encouraged? What does it mean in terms of new forms of organization and collaboration? Can it prefigure an ecosystem of resistance and how?
Steven Zevitas directed me to this video, which is so relevant to the discussion he kicked off the other day:
Peter Friedman is a lawyer, artist representative, speaker & writer who's written for years on the impact of law on creative endeavors and law itself as a creative endeavor. From 2008-2012, he wrote Ruling Imagination: Law & Creativity, selections of which are republished here and the entire archive of which is available from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine here and in pdf format here. In addition, he has written about copyright and fair use at What is Fair Use?