Whether the prices "are obscene" depends if a person is buying them, or selling them, I'm sure the sellers like them
Drew, next time you meet these guys, be sure to tell them it's such a pity they can't afford a print by Cliveh.
Originally Posted by DREW WILEY
“The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”
That's the problem with this part of the world, Bob ... the money is here, and these guys spend staggering sums of it, and have in fact kept
many of my friends employed making everything from their furniture to houses to boats to five million dollar barns for their racehorses - for at least a couple decades ... and now carbon fiber racing yachts .... but they aren't very interested in framed art like the East Coast establishment. They're basically a bunch of rich eccentric techie geeks. Lots of people are intellectually interested in fine photography around here, and pretty savvy about it, but art collecting as such is more a little old ladies' hobby, and the artist involved sure as heck has to have been dead for quite awhile. I'd had lowly millionaire types buy my prints; and even an investment banker flew clear across the country
to buy a print from me once for his wife's birthday present. But the local auction houses just have modest period success selling the work of even canonized photographers of days of yore. ... and it's more likely to be an 8x10 contact print that sits in a little box under someone's
bed. Given the right venue, a big expensive stuff can be sold around here... but my own gig for that kind of thing went away some time back
when the people who owned it as well as their photography director did what we all eventually do - got old and croaked.... and the heirs
had the choice to keep running an expensive gallery or cash in on some of the most valuable real estate in the area, right when techie companies were starting to pay top dollar for downtown highrises. So Plan B.. Plan C.... Plan Dminus....etc.... still plotting.....
The ultra-rich can be pretty strange, Cliveh.... you'd probably get a better price for a print from an average working stiff than from a billionaire.
They sometimes expect things for free, like some Medieval leige lord. I know one who stiffed his loyal house painter of six months of wages,
but then gave his janitor a fifty thousand dollar Christmas bonus.... you just never know...