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Discussion: Stories of Art and Money
#filthylucre Moderated by NPR's Scott Simon To collect art is a pursuit of passion, but—as James McNeill Whistler knew well—it is also a pursuit of status, wealth, and cultural influence. What is art worth? Who determines its value? And how does art’s commercial value affect its social value? Comprising collectors, artists, scholars, and market experts, this moderated discussion explores how art acquires both of these types of value and how they have transformed the nature of art today. The diverse panel focuses on the complex relationship between art and patronage and the latter’s influence throughout art history. The discussion takes place in connection with the opening of Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre, featuring Waterston’s contemporary reimagining of Whistler’s Peacock Room as a resplendent ruin. Inspired by the Peacock Room’s beauty and tumultuous history, which desolated the friendship between Whistler and Frederick Leyland, his most valuable patron, Filthy Lucre lays bare the challenging evolution of this artist/patron relationship. Waterston saw evidence of this dynamic in the Peacock Room. In fact, Whistler titled his iconic mural of two fighting peacocks Art and Money; or, The Story of the Room.
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