THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING /
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING
If Rembrandt or Picasso were alive today, their agents would probably advise them to slow down—to paint less in order to keep the price up. Today’s art world is a money market, where everything is carefully calculated and meticulously measured. The mad, unbridled passion often associated with art stops with the artists. They may be the most important link in the chain, but they are also the farthest from the tens of millions of dollars free-flowing through this market. Director Nathaniel Kahn visits the salons of capricious collectors, the basements of art dealers, and auction houses fraught with tension. He interviews both tortured artists and well-oiled art-making machines like Jeff Koons. He tries to understand what art is, who it’s for and whether its price has anything to do with its value.