Andrew Marr has said that the modern art market is "deeply sick" and "obscene".
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com the presenter, who has just revealed a deeply held onetime ambition to make it as an artist, said: “I think something has gone deeply sick in the art market so there’s the geniuses who are up there who produce non-representational or abstract or more conceptual art and that is what art now is so the idea of art being anything to do with making things yourself has been broken."
He said that his latest book, A Short Book About Drawing, is an attempt to "heal that back".
He went on to say that the “amount of money spent on some forms of art is becoming pretty obscene” adding tht he objected to the idea of art as investment opportunities.
“It’s nothing to do with the art – it’s just another way of accumulating wealth. So if you want to put your money into stocks and shares, global markets have been going down recently, property market in London is going back up again, people pour money into property as a way of investing and holding onto their wealth and art has become the ultimate way of holding onto wealth.
“So people don’t buy things because they love they love them or because they’re well-made or make them feel good inside. They buy them because they’re a good investment and that’s death to art. That’s death to the art market. The whole art world has become a bit sick and the point of writing the book is to reassure people that you don’t have to judge yourself as an artist to get a huge amount of human benefit out of drawing.”
Marr also revealed that he would like to make a film about the creation of art.
“Someone’s talked about whether we should do a TV history of art of some kind – world history of art – which I’d love to do," he said.
“Too much work, probably but if I was doing that I would certainly be drawing as part of that. I’ve also always wanted to make some films about how art is made, not here’s another great artist and here’s some of his or her paintings in an art gallery but ok, how did Titian get that blue? Nobody else could get that colour of blue – how did he do it? What was he grinding up to make that blue? What did he mix it with? How does someone like Michelangelo take a lump of marble and turn it into that? What’s the process? It’s the how of art I’m interested in."