After attending quite a few openings and meeting with an assortment of gallery curators, artists, and devotees over the past few months, I've developed something of a fascination with the process of how art is created, considered, selected, produced, hung, shown, promoted and purchased. Despite who you talk to along the chain, it's interesting to see how a person chooses to invest their time, effort and money - given their personal tastes and motivations, or those of their clientele. It's especially enlightening, and sometimes baffling, to witness the reasoning behind what piece of work gets honored with space on the wall, and what is left off. At times it seems the decision is made with a flip of the coin, and at others you'd think Google had a hand in developing the algorithm that grants prime ranking. However, I'm always humbled by the amount of creative talent that exists "out there," and amused by the number that truly doesn't (but think they should). Taking a walk through an exhibition or museum is a great way to gain inspiration, as well as a sense of history. Nothing is new and yet everything is new. Art has a way of opening minds and closing divides. That sort of power is why there are so many interested in its creation, cultivation and commerce. It's truly an educational experience, whether you find yourself in front of or behind the scenes.


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Taken on September 1, 2009