Yesterday I posted two images to my blog. One was of a painting taken from San Francisco’s de Young Museum and the other was some graffiti that I found on Market Street. My questions posed were which one was fine art vs. graffiti and which one would you rather have hanging in your home.
Most people had no trouble picking out the fine art vs. the graffiti. This might partly be my fault because you could partially see a sticker that was painted over in the graffiti photo.
Of those who responded 90% were able to correctly identify the painting on the top as fine art. 10% got it wrong and thought that the graffiti was the fine art.
Also interesting though, people seemed to prefer the graffiti over the fine art when it came to hanging it in their home. Of those who responded 56% said that they’d prefer the graffiti panel over the fine art painting if they were going to hang it in their home. Only 13% actually said that they’d prefer the fine art painting over the graffiti and 31% liked neither.
I’m thinking of redoing the challenge again a bit later with two paintings that I feel would be harder to tell apart. We’ll see.
Congrats to everyone who correctly guessed. And remember don’t let anyone else tell you what art is good and what art is bad. That decision is for you and you alone. Unless, of course, you’re actually an art investor, in which case you’d better make damn sure that you pay attention to what the art elite say is art vs. what is not art.