Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Our society over the years has developed a whole different consumer option on the internet. Amazon provides everything, (including bulk toilet paper,) that can be delivered to your door. We also have PeaPod that delivers groceries, and take out that can be literally delivered to your apartment door. But when it comes to art, people want the real, live, experience.
In this New York Times article about trying to auction art off online, it seems that at least for the regular art purchasing clientele, they would prefer to view and bid on their items in person. As is mentioned in the article, there arebusinesses who have quickly tried to help create platforms for this to encourage the bidding of art, but so far the largest bid has been $1 million through the internet, but in person a sculpture went for $101 million.
Why, with visual art, are people unsatisfied purchasing the item online, and want to purchase this in person? Why with performing arts do we consider the ability to get all of our shows, operas, performances online a bad thing?
Somehow, visual art has been able to keep its place with in person purchasing. Maybe, if we figure out their secret, we can get more people to enjoy performing arts in person as well.