untangling the awkward relationship between art and money

….. She’s baaaaackkk

‘Why?’, I hear you ask.

Simple. Because the dearth of commentary about all things art-y and market-y in Australia has left me feeling rather bereft. Plus, I’m missing it. And now I’m not locked down by the whole University lecturer thing, it doesn’t feel like work.

You see, I’m loving writing books and scripts (follow the link to learn more about that part of my life). It’s enormous fun. But it’s like seeing a corner of your garden that was once well tended and beautiful now overgrown with weeds and home to a family of feral cats.

So, I’ve primed up the whipper-snipper, sharpened my secateurs and grabbed my gumboots, and I’m wading back in. Starting with this article on the Australian Art Sales Digest website, looking at the Resale Royalty Scheme. A little snippet here to whet your appetite, but you’ll have to jump over to AASD to read the entire thing:

Right-Royal Run-around by Dr Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios

For some people, the Resale Royalty Scheme (RRS) is like a drunken uncle on Christmas Day. Many people at the business end of the art industry wish it had never turned up, and now that it’s here, they’d much rather it just went away. But for many practitioners, particularly Aboriginal artists working in remote communities, the scheme was seen as a much-needed panacea for the imbalance that is so often reported in the media, with artworks sold for peanuts in the primary market then reselling at auction at eye-wateringly high prices with no return to the artists. [continued…]

So, more news and thoughts to come. And, as you might gather if you’ve read the AASD article, I’m not going to let go of the Resale Royalty story, either. Expect to hear more on that soon.

As always, delighted to hear from any and all of you in the comments, or click on the ‘Contact’ icon up top to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you, and would love your thoughts and contributions on the things I blather on about.

It’s great to be back!

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