In our present position as patrons of the Fountainhead Residency program, we meet a lot of emerging artists. I often ask Eliot why one artist becomes famous while others, who are just as talented, (if not more), struggle all their life.
My question is also valid for writers, actors, and singers. Eliot always answers with the “A” word, “anointed.” Someone important in the art world has to declare that a particular artist is worth collecting and is potentiality a great investment.
Today I got a big surprise when I read a story in the New York Times about a guy named “Big Mike,” who is a manager of a barbershop in downtown NYC. He is on his way to becoming an artist that people want to collect.
It’s a remarkable story, definitely worth the read.