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Having taught high school Art for 25 years, I have enjoyed the priviledge
of being able to produce art when I was moved to do so, of subject and
style I was personally interested in, and don't particularly care if I sell
any or not - but I've been well aware of what the "Art market" in America
is like. And it's really hard to explain to high school students. They see
examples of contemporary art and ask how some things can sell for tens of
thousands of dollars. I try to remain non-judgemental and suggest that some
contemporary art is just so innovative, or provokes such significant
thinking, or is somehow evolving from earlier art forms - and therefore has
received much attention. That attention leads to gallery shows and
purchases by investors and collectors who want to have the very latest
styles. But the kids have a hard time accepting this - "why is it art?"
they ask. Because someone created it? Anyone out there have ideas on how
you can explain this?