The papers and media are full, today, of pictures of a well-known art collector with what appears to be his hands around the throat of a frightened, saddened, fearful looking celebrity chef; his wife. As artists, ought you sell your work to a man willing to apparently use threats, menaces and violence against his spouse? Would you wish your art to enrich a man with no qualms about committing such an offensive act on another person’s body, in broad daylight and in public?
I don’t think I’d want a man like that to own any artistic work I created or to speculate on its value. Not for me. I don’t think I would find comfort in tacitly supporting somebody, through the application of my imagination, experience, learning, skill and hard work, if their behaviour fell this short of acceptability. I wouldn’t want to be an accessory, however remote and minor my role. How do you, as an artist, feel about this?
Not that there was ever any chance of my selling anything to this chap, but I think those artists that are in that league should consider if they want to continue buoying up this man’s speculative art dealing activities and enlarging his art collection. Let him find another way to get rich.
I don’t think this is the reason most artists work hard to make their art. At least I hope so.