Rm N101, HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, Fri 24th May, 6:30-8:00pm
"The Market Is the Best Judge of Art's Quality"
Pre-debate vote: For 20% | Against 60% | Don't know 20%
Post-debate vote: For 25% | Against 73% | Don't know 2%
Intelligence Squared proudly presents the motion "The Market Is the Best Judge of Art's Quality". The event will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday, 24 May 2013, to coincide with the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong.
Some believe that the viewer's experience of a work and its validation by scholars are what make a piece of art important. Others argue that the market, the last unregulated multi-billion dollar business, is the most reliable measure of an artist's talent. For its fifth Hong Kong debate on culture, Intelligence Squared brings together four brilliant thought-leaders from the art world to tackle questions such as: How is the quality of art determined? Do skyrocketing prices reflect enlightened connoisseurship? Or is the contemporary market simply fuelled by the tastes of a handful of buyers and sellers? Do critical analysis and art history matter in the appreciation of art today? In the absence of strong museums and art criticism, is it acceptable that prices dominate the conversation about art?