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The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #2: “Fine Art” is Better than “Illustrative Art”

Please don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not responsible for the “high” and “low” art divide—into which categories we’ve shoved “art we collectively treasure” vs “art we collectively enjoy,” respectively. I’m just here to generalize, and to report that the “art” vs “illustration” distinction still exists, and that no matter how much love and money we lavish […]

The Artful Collector: Is it All in the Image?

At the heart of this debate is a real difference between how some creators of commercial art (i.e, art produced for the purpose of persuasion/marketing) view the kind of art they are commissioned to create, and how they view the art they create that no one is paying them to produce, what they call “personal […]

The Artful Collector: Why Collecting Art is Such a Hard Job

Someone in a chat room I used to contribute to, once made an unforgettable statement: “it’s easy to collect art if you have money!” Hah!  How I wish money were the answer!  And that a fat wallet could make all the hard work of collecting go away! Collecting art is easy only if you have […]

Art + Fandom ≠ Fan Art: Definitions

Before I get properly rolling with this blog, I thought it might be worth taking a moment to stake out the territory I plan to cover. This website, and these blogs, are all about fandom, and so it might be expected that the art I am posting here will be what goes, these days, under […]