Comments on: Why techies don’t buy contemporary art http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/08/why-techies-dont-buy-contemporary-art/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Paris Csaszar http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/08/why-techies-dont-buy-contemporary-art/comment-page-1/#comment-55610 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:07:28 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=21187#comment-55610 Im obliged for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

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By: Anya Gonder http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/08/why-techies-dont-buy-contemporary-art/comment-page-1/#comment-54569 Sat, 11 Oct 2014 09:17:00 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=21187#comment-54569 I sincerely enjoyed reading this excellent post. It has been very useful.

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By: tornpapernapkin http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/08/why-techies-dont-buy-contemporary-art/comment-page-1/#comment-47402 Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:10:16 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=21187#comment-47402 In my experience, even extremely wealthy people in tech are interested in what feels genuinely alive. Some of them even know enough about art to see art-as-an-investment as a part of something they don’t believe in. I think you will find them more open to craft and willing to buy local art over blue chip.

Like others have said here, I’m in technology (though I’m not high rolling bracket being addressed), and I actually do buy art. In fact, my original degree was in fine art. I still even make art, though I don’t consider myself an artist anymore. My budget is definitely more in the 4 digit, but I like buying art I really care about from artists who I want to help support so I don’t see the point in anything else no matter what my future income became. I’m more likely to contribute significantly to a kickstarter fund and get a painting that way then to want to deal with a gallery. In fact, I hate galleries.

Some of my friends who make quite enough money to be into blue chip collecting seem to have the same take. They buy handsome furniture made by local artisans, or have their entire dinnerware set made by a local potter, or wear only bespoke shoes. In an art world that doesn’t see this as *getting it* I can only take away that perhaps that very part of the art world telling people to spend 87k on this painting because it was important in the late 90’s is the part that has actually become out of touch with the tech market. Will there be a market for that art? Sure. But it will probably never be the same kind of person who would consider investing in their friends start-up.

See the connection there?

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By: rebeccaartist http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/08/why-techies-dont-buy-contemporary-art/comment-page-1/#comment-47309 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:49:05 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=21187#comment-47309 “the whole art scene is so incredibly mercenary and pretentious” paints with too broad of a brush. The WHOLE art scene is more than NYC and international art fairs. Most artists are sincerely expressing/commenting/questioning through visual arts. Buy local, buy what touches you. Support your friends, if you like their work. I don’t think it is mercenary to want to make a living creating art any more than it is for a techie to try to make a living creating services/apps/products. If you buy what you love and love living with it, who cares if you make money off it in the end? Consider trade. Tech service for art–win/win.

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By: bluepanther http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/08/why-techies-dont-buy-contemporary-art/comment-page-1/#comment-46611 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:43:34 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=21187#comment-46611 This article misses one very important point. A lot of wealthy techies in the Bay Area are into the often spectacular, massive, and community-based art of the type that is produced at Burning Man–temporary, site-specific, and interactive. And these installations are often deliberately destroyed by the creators after a set period. This specific type of “patronage” really is about “art for art’s sake” and is indifferent, if not hostile, to the aesthetic gatekeepers of the grotesquely commercial “New York art scene.”

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By: ckm5 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2013/04/08/why-techies-dont-buy-contemporary-art/comment-page-1/#comment-46606 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:26:08 +0000 https://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=21187#comment-46606 I agree with KenG_CA.

I spend my money on functional art as well, but it’s in the form of old cars…. Between storage, running costs & maintenance, I probably spend quite a bit more each year than the average art collector.

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