Originally Posted by iammatt
I am pretty sure that Pollock was not broke when he died. He had become quite famous years before his death and his gallery prices were pretty high by the time that he died.
The starving artist whose work becomes valuable after death is a bit of an urban legend these days. There is too much money chasing art now for somebody to go undiscovered for an entire career. Also, with good psychiatric services available nowadays, artists are living much longer.
How would you know the ones that weren't discovered?
Most collectable art continues to escalate in value and becomes more valuable after an artist's death because death guarantees rarity.
I was at a conceptual art installation near where I live in a small obscure gallery although it is well known in the area.
The work was ten years of effort by a woman who has a good resume'
but is totally unknown.
She is approaching 70 and works in the stock room of a local ice cream shop.
The work was astounding.
When you walk into the room all you see is what appears to be hassocks on
There are windows on the sides of the objects with dimly lit interiors within.
They are so dark inside you have to let your eyes adjust to the light.
I can't stop thinking about it.
The curator told me that most people are puzzled by it.
It is so different that it won't be understood until after her death.
Van Gogh is the best example of the starving artist who becomes valuable after death.
One of his paintings was found being used as a door on a chicken coop.
Not an example of our time?
I don't think our time is any more accepting of things outside the norm than Van Gogh's time.
Most of the artists I know are more sane than the general population.
I think what they lack is marketing skills.