Western Art--Art or Memorabilia

  • 30 years ago Western American Art had not gained a foothold in the art market's consciousness. Now it's big business not only Out West but in New York and everywhere else. Still, I think the market's got a long way to go to truly gain acceptance among art buyers. If it does gain that acceptance, then I think that values will more closely mimic values in other categories, such as Contemporary, Abstract Expressionism, and Impressionism. And why not? In this week's show I try to make the case that Western American Art deserves its place among the world's great art genres. For too long the market has more closely resembled the market for memorabilia, rather than art. Nothing wrong with memorabillia, but when a Clyfford Still can sell for $62 million, and a Christopher Wool for $30 million, then why is the market for western painting capped at under $10 million? My favorite western painting is Maynard Dixon's "Wild Horses of Nevada." In fact I think it's my favorite American painting. How much is it worth? Please join us for this week's show on Western Art, as we look at several examples of what I see as substantial undervaluation for some of the world's great paintings. We're on at 5PM PST, 6PM MST, 7PM CST, 8PM EST on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Gary