My first introduction into the world of art came from Richard Ekstract, the publisher of a chain of tech publications. I worked for him for three years (1974 to 1977) and, at the time, was exposed to some of the most bizarre art you have ever seen. He collected ultra, contemporary art pieces. I loved every one of them because they represented his creativity to me.
I never quite understood the world of art even though Eliot and I have bought a fair amount of moderately-priced paintings and sculptures over the years. I have always questioned who establishes the price of art, why do some artists succeed, while others falter, and how did certain collectors get so rich.
You have to watch the HBO special “The Price Of Everything.” It will answer many of the questions we all have.
The following artists are featured in the documentary: Richter, Jeff Koons, George Condo, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Marilyn Minter and Larry Poons, as well as art-world insiders Stefan Edlis, Jerry Saltz, Amy Cappellazzo, Ed Dolman, Margaret Lee and others.
You owe it to yourself to watch this film. It’s so right on.