Weekly file: food for thought


Barry Hazard, Here Nor There, Tinted Gesso and Charcoal on Panel, 24 x 32, 2007. Courtesy the artist.

As we get ready to head down to New York for the fairs, we've been considering the disconnects and the relationships between that market and the one that feeds our own Boston art scene. We were mulling this all over when a friend drew our attention to an astute and relevant piece by Steven Zevitas The Things We Think and Do Not Say or Why the Art World is in Trouble that makes very good points on some of these themes.

We think Mr. Zevitas' article is a "must read" for collectors and anyone who is trying to understand the state of the contemporary "art market".  However, we have a slightly different spin on things - which is, rather than viewing the "art market' as a single, global, monolithic entity, we look at it as made up of different segments. Our business is built on the idea that in order to help grown our own local market (Boston), we need to see it on its own terms, and be experts on its particular characteristics, trends, and qualities. The reality is that a local market segment looks and feels different than a global one. That means the prices, the buying experiences, and at times the quality of work will be different than the larger international market taken as a whole.

Rather than trying to "fix" our local market, we aspire to meet it where it is, understand it better, and therefore be in the best position to do what it takes to help it grow. With more local buyers, there will be more of an opportunity for artists to do what they "need" to do here in and around Boston. Our hope is that this will lead to a more thriving creative economy, and perhaps in the near future, more consistency and stability for artists across a wide range of fields.



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