Van Gogh Loses Value

Whenever I’m at the Getty Museum, which is frequently, I swing by the room where van Gogh’s “Irises” is on view. In the art market, it is worth tens of millions of dollars. Yet for me, it has become worth almost nothing. There is little value yet to be extracted from it, and moving on to other visual experiences is more valuable by far.

This also brings into question part of the art market. If people can get tired of almost anything, why would they pay so much for them? I guess part of the answer is the art market is more about collecting than looking and experiencing. It’s more like collecting antique furniture or stamps. The thrill is in the hunt, not the art. I’m more about the thrill being in the visuals.

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