|Artist Tom Thomson|
- Contrary to what the good folks on Antiques Roadshow and the various antiques price guides often say, art isn't always more appreciated in its native land. Jesus' words about unappreciated prophets are just as valid.
- The current catchphrase among art and antiques dealers is that art is selling well 'at the top end'. I just shrug and assume these people are selling works of art priced much, much higher than I do. But here we have a top end national sale that seems to have been over estimated.
- Some art critics have very high notions of success. I wouldn't call a sale with a 68% clearance rate a total flop, and if several top works didn't sell, were the estimates too high for tough economic times in the first place? Some pieces met their reserves, some exceeded expectations. A CBC article quotes Sotheby's as saying that the evening came to a perfect close and, basically, that Canadian contemporary art is taking its place among that of other countries. That might be an exaggeration, too: the sale's takings, even with commission, fell just below the low estimate, usually a before commission sum.