How to Appreciate Paintings #52: What to make of price in an art fair (Part 1)

Art exhibition in Singapore. ARTualize is the only art gallery in Singapore that lets you rent paintings for your home. Singapore artist Low Hai Hong with his good friend at his art exhibtion at NAFA art gallery in Singapore.


Art fairs are good for learning how to appreciate paintings.
One of the biggest difference between an art fair and a museum exhibtion is price.  Art fairs are meant for the sales of paintings, hence almost all of the paintings in an art fair are priced.  Museum exhibitions are meant for the sharing of paintings, hence none of the paintings are priced.
When we look at paintings in a museum exhibtion, where none of the paintings are priced, we are able to look at all the paintings equally (except for the very famous paintings).  Our liking of a painting, or our value of a painting, is influenced by our own views of the painting; how the painting appeals to us visually and how the painting touches us emotionally.
The paintings in a museum exhibition, if available for sale, would of course be priced astronomically.  But every painting would be priced at different astronomical prices.  If we are in a museum exhibtion where the paintings are priced, our experience would be entirely different. 
We would be judging the paintings based on their price, comparing the higher priced painting with the lower priced painting.  We would be busy figuring out why a painting can be worth more than a building.  We would not be able to look at all the paintings fairly and we would not be able to truly appreciate the paintings for what they are, because we are influenced by their prices. 
How to appreciate paintings?  Because the paintings in a museum exhibtion are not priced, we are able to appreciate the paintings for what they are, without been unduly affected by price. 

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