I came to the topic of art through economics because I feel a lot of furs pay way too much money for art. You will probably remember that last year someone paid $10,000+ for a piece at FC. I saw it as I was checking out. Yes, it was nice, but was it worth $10,000? I certainly would not have paid that much. Many people can barely pay for transportation and hotel, and yet here they are dropping 2- 3- 4 hundred dollars on art. Here is where I become conflicted. Art should be something intrinsic. You see a piece of art, it touches something inside of you, and you get a sense of wanting to possess it. But art is also a "thing." 2 Gryphon alluded to this in one of his rants when he compares his artwork to that of Herbie. He could take a day to make a passable picture while Herbie can literally shit good art. And Herbie is a well-known name. So so you base a price of art on the amount of effort put forth by the artist?
People will pay $$$ for his work while some unknown with a lot of talent may go unrecognized. I think furs are more practical than others in the art world. In the "real" art world, the market is full of speculators. People are not buying the art as much as the artist. Someone can draw shit, but because they have a name, people will eagerly buy that shit in hopes that the price will skyrocket. From what I have see, most furs buy art that is good. I don't think someone would pay $100 for a wolf stick figure just because it is a Rog Minotaur. Well, put a penis on it and then it would sell for that much (j/k).
So I will be sitting in the art auction at FC (unless it conflicts with a fursuiting event). I will sit back and see what the market will bear this year. Hopefully there will be some good quality art that I wouldn't mind dropping a little money on to make my den just a little more happy and furry.