The state of the art world today, I would call it ambiguous. As an artist, I have more outlets than ever to ply my trade. However, the Web has also made it easier for artists with no talent to exploit the finite number of buyers out there. These hastily thrown together works find themselves on the office walls of small businesses and small homes around the country. The artists make decent livings off of their paintings, but they must produce many pieces to satiate the need for these minor works that are cheaply sold throughout markets like eBay.
The market is so ambiguous that many countries simply peruse this artwork and mass produce the art for markets around the world, and China is notorious at doing this nefarious feat. People find their works all over the place and wonder what happened. The problem is that these artists have no following. They are simply producing the most popular themes, styles and colors and feeding the non-artistic art market, but at what costs? Beyond never having a following, they are never able to sell their works at the top-end prices, the works never appreciate in value and they have no show quality. Show quality refers to the ability to draw connoisseurs and collectors to a gallery showing of their work.
This is important because these art collectors and buyers are the type of clientele that causes works to rise in value and become lauded by art professionals and art critics. This also means that after a brief period of online selling, these pulp artists become out of style quickly and most report poor sales eventually and without the ability to change this problem around. This happens in no small part due to the saturation of these fad types of works. In this type of market, it eventually becomes the person that understands the internet and business more that sells the most works and being an artist becomes secondary to these faux artists. To keep ahead of the trend, many are simply printing their works digitally on whatever substrate including canvases and pastel paper, touching them up slightly to look as though they are hand done and selling them as hand-touched paintings.
This compromises the role of the true art collectors in the art world. True collectors add value to substantive works, give credence to the artists as a true artists and increases the value of the artists as well as their works. A perfect example of the necessity for real art collectors is the Sender collection. Adam sender is a master collector as well as a savvy New York investor. He quietly collected the most comprehensive collection of contemporary art and then sold the art at many times its value. These values will only increase now, and the artists will forever be famous because of Sender.