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Big Impact: Reflecting on the Scale of Contemporary Works

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Intimate or Grandiose, Size is Important

The scale of work has continued to trend on the large side even accounting for the 2008 economic "dip" when works did shrink with sales. We are again facing oversized artworks.

We have a tendency to think this is a new concept, but through time private and public collectors have used art as means to display power and wealth. One would hope the concern for collecting were more than status symbol, but we must not forget patrons of the Renaissance or commissions for religious entities. The past is perhaps the best guide for the future and while some of the reasons around collection have changed the desire for impact remains. Todays palaces have been replaced by Contemporary museums, and weather public or private the desire to impose visual impact on guests is the idea. New museums wish to fill their cavernous galleries, but what will the backlash of this be? Weather private or public grand is great, but a desire for development should also be taken into account.

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