Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Alyson Stanfield's blog today has a link to an article written for the Wall Street Journal on Sept 14 about children who collect art. And no, we're not talking about the usual children's collections, like rocks, seashells, and toys from cereal boxes. These are kids (some under 10 years old!) who are purchasing Andy Warhol prints and other famous artist's works for thousands of dollars--many at art auctions. Where are these kids getting the dough? From their parents, of course! The article states that some of these kids get an "art allowance". Just another phenomenon of the incredible wealth that exists at the high end of our population here in the good old USA. As far as I'm concerned--they could be doing worse things with their money! I would hope that this early interest in art is not just an interest in "art as commodity" but develops into a passion to make art a more significant part of our culture. Maybe the art listings would even move to the beginning of The Chronicle's Datebook section--instead of at the end of all the movies & before the Las Vegas listings!

What do you think about Children Collectors? I hope that these kids are not just collecting art, but are making their own art as well--cause that's where the fun really starts! Speaking of which, it's time to get into the studio!
Image above: "Journeying" Acrylic and mixed media on canvas by Christine DeCamp


Kesha Bruce said...

Just thought I'd chime in.

I think rich kids collecting art is great.

Even if they aren't making their own art but simply collecting it, that's fine too. (I mean, I like to watch golf, but I have no interest in actually playing.)

Bottom line---I'm thrilled if kids get involved with art on any level.

Christine DeCamp said...

Hi Kesha!
Thanks for chiming in! I agree--it's all good. And kids often "get" what you're doing better than grownups do!