|one of Christine's Junk Piles|
Louise Bourgeois dealt with her problem in a unique way decades ago. When she died in 2010 she was very well known and her work sought after, but when she was younger that was not the case. She faced the problem of how to store work that no one wants buy. So she bought an acre of land outside of NYC and took her large stone and bronze sculptures and dumped them there. When she became famous she returned and "dug them up" to take to her galleries for shows.
This of course brings up the issues of how much you value your work, how much you are willing to invest in it, how much money you have, or don't have and how you want to spend that money. If options and money are scarce, artists must face the prospect of destroying the work, giving it away or recycling the materials into new work. Options which are difficult and often painful.
Judy Chicago's Dinner Party went into storage for many hears after it's controversial museum premier in 1979. The controversy resulted in the subsequent show venues canceling. She put her massive installation in storage and paid a high cost (due to having fiber table runners and other delicate materials it had to be in a climate controlled environment). Once it was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum it was clear she made the right decision to preserve it and pay the price for many years but she had to act (and spend) on faith. She had to sacrifice. Not every artist has the means nor the commitment to dish out thousands of dollars a month on rent for their art.
|Judy Chicago's Dinner Party|
|For sale precious Princess Chair. Found at a garage sale in Florida, brought back in my car to Colorado 10 years ago. Needs a good home and new upholstery.|