Artistic Value and Context

So England-based graffiti artist Banksy set up shop one day along the streets of New York selling original artwork – that would usually fetch tens of thousands of dollars – for about $60 apiece.

Of course this reminds me of a similar social experiment by violinist Joshua Bell who took to the foyer of a subway where his concert hall-filling tunes fell upon the deaf ears of the rushing crowd.

So at the end of the day – do these experiments show that art, in all its subjective contextual value, ultimately prove pretentious and worthless? Or is it a reminder that value is ultimately not something that can be seen divorced from context? Just as a soccer player would need a field or a teacher his classroom, so too would the artists need their walls or concert halls?

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