Lecturer: Rosalind Miranda
The Art World, when you look into it, must be one of the strangest institutions that exists today. It is fuelled on the one hand by greed, by people who want to make money; and on the other hand by gullibility, by people who are too willing to believe what they hope might be true.
Many injustices exist in the Art World. If you don’t have a name that is recognized, it is very difficult to get more than a small amount for your work . . . if, that is, you can manage to sell it at all. Sign the same painting with a famous name and it might sell for more than the GNP of a small nation.
We will look at some of the things that can determine the amount for which a work of art might sell; at some things that are being passed off as “art”; at some of the hoaxes that have been put over on the public; and at some of the best art forgers.