The Two Hundred Thousand Dollar Dollar Bill

The role of international contemporary fine art is to act as a gauge: one that tells the collector, the artist and gallerist where the market for fine expression stands today.

The week long festivities around Art Basel Miami Beach is telling many in the industry that boundaries are being pushed, some with purpose and other’s without a clue for artistry. One work worth every dollar spent was created by internationally represented artist Tom Sachs. His one dollar bill was simply outstanding. It wasn’t painted on wood. It wasn’t a photograph plastered on wood. It was “pyrography.” Not sure what that is: consider it burning an image into the medium. How the artist creates is for the artist to know and for the collector and viewer to appreciate its purpose.

Author: Mason Hayutin

Founder, Editor and contributing writer, Mr. Mason Hayutin is recognized for his depth of experience and knowledge in technology, energy economics, real estate and the arts (fine and visual). Having worked with recognized world-class artists and their estates since 1997, Mason brings a wealth of practical experiences from installations, marketing, and private sales. An active business advocate, he successfully released the fine art documentary film LUBIE LOVE in 2009 ahead of the global auto crisis - in addition to maintaining his tenure at GALLERY M INC. Hayutin holds a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the founder of MASONmodern, a boutique real estate firm based in Denver, CO. You can read his insight here at The Art Quarterly as well as in regional and national publications.

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