Urgent Spencer Finch Buy Alert – artmarketblog.com

Urgent Spencer Finch Buy Alert – artmarketblog.com

Spencer Finch’s work is well worth the effort. And by well worth the effort I mean well worth taking the time to engage with. Ok, so it can take a bit of time to truly engage with Finch’s work which is something many people don’t like about contemporary art but, as a conceptual artist whose work concepts often extend beyond the individual artwork, there are many pieces to the puzzle. A puzzle that is both extremely enjoyable to piece together and has an image that, when revealed, is engaging and exciting.

As well as being exciting and intriguing, Finch’s work is a great investment which is why you should head over to the Blindspot website and pick up one of his “Moonshadow, 2008” prints which are part of the Blindspot (who keep coming up with the goods) 15th anniversary editions before they are all gone. And, believe you me, the desirability and popularity of Spencer Finch’s work is sure to result in a very quick sell-out. According to the Blindspot website “Moonshadow 2008” is “an exposed yet undeveloped image of a moonshadow on 8 x 10 inch paper which has been sealed in a lightproof archival box. Though the sheet is hidden in the box and the image is invisible to the naked eye, the photographic paper bears the photochemical signature of the printing process.” To get an idea of the increase in desirability and popularity that Finch has experienced one has to only take a look at the history of his works sold at auction. According to artprice.com, in 2003 several Spencer Finch drawings sold at auction for around the US$600 mark each whereas in 2007 a drawing smaller than those sold in 2003 went for US$14,000 against an estimate of US$7,000-9,000.  Another Finch photo edition sold through Cabinet Magazine for $800 was a seven times larger edition than “Moonshadow 2008” and $100 more expensive and is now sold out sold.

I showed “Moonshadow 2008” to my mother who is way more of a classical master painting sort of person than a modern conceptual photography sort of person and, after explaining the work got the initial response “Seems like the Emperors New Clothes all over again”. However, half an hour later my mother came to me and said “How can there be a shadow if it is dark”. And that my friends is what Finch’s work is all about. “Moonshadow 2008” had obviously had an effect on my mother and had caused her to contemplate the work quite deeply even though she suggested that she didn’t really like the work.

To be one of the lucky people to own a Spencer Finch work go here:


Spencer Finch
Moonshadow, 2008
latent black and white image
on fiber paper in a light tight
archival box
9 x 11 x 1.25 inches
edition of 15 + APs

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications

19 Responses

  1. Oh, come on! This is crap of the first degree. Nothing but a gimmick, and an insult to REAL photographers around the world.

  2. Dear Rich,

    You are entitled to your opinion but it would be good if you could say why you believe this work is crap. Just saying it is crap is practically useless and a waste of time

    Nicholas Forrest

  3. REAL photographers are not ashamed to show their work. REAL photographers WANT people to see their work. To SAY you DID something, then HIDE it in a box where no one can see it, AND charge money for it… it’s almost criminal. You should listen to your mother more. And I doubt she used the whole half hour to contemplate this.

  4. Thanks for the reply Rich. Your strong opinion confirms my suspicion that this is a powerful and significant work of conceptual art.

    Nicholas Forrest

  5. Keep dreaming! It’s a piece of crap!

    I’ll buy one… but I will send a check from an account that has no funds. That would seem fair as I can’t see what I am buying… the “artist” should not be able to see the money.

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    Thanks for you invite.
    Very good you photos

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  8. Great post.

    I 100% agree with you.

    Spencer Finch is a conceptual art master.

    He makes the viewer think!

    This work is totally brilliant.. everyone who hears about this photo work has an immediate reaction.. some love it, many completely hate it.. which is exactly the way people initially reacted to Monet, Picasso, Degas, Renoir, Jackson Pollock etc.. in their time.

  9. “Monet, Picasso, Degas, Renoir, Jackson Pollock” were NOT conceptual artists… they were painters… and you could SEE their work. This guy is a hoax.

  10. Thanks for the comment Mike, you hit the nail on the head. Finch is a conteptual art master and will be sure to go down in the history books as one of the 21st century’s most innovative artists.

  11. You guys drink too much Kool-Aid.

  12. I think that it is important to remember that there is more to art than a pretty picture. I really like your work Rich but I like it for a different reason than I like Spencer Finch’s work.


  13. I’d rather have a Spencer Finch over R. Coda’s uninspiring work. Talk about bitter.

  14. ?????
    Did he sit up all night dreaming this up, or sit up all night figuring out how to scam the public?
    Not that this stuff hadn’t been done before. I remember the then dean of the Nova Scotia School of Art , Garry Neill Kennedy did black canvases back in the late seventies. I thought this lunacy (pun intended) had taken it’s course and art come back to a more ‘saner’ level. Funny thing is, it’s not that hard to understand, nor that hard to come up with something like that (and it hardly takes any time to do, so more time for partying!)…. I am with Tom Wolfe in ‘Painted Word’: “….Art made its final flight, climbed higher and higher in an ever-decreasing tighter-turning spiral until…it disappeared up its own fundamental aperture (my understanding of this polite phrase is: up it’s ass)…and came out the other side as Art Theory!…”
    Anyway, enjoy your blog, but this one – your mother’s first impression was right!

  15. Glad to see there’s someone else out there with their feet on the ground and their nose pointing that way also… and their head not up their fundamental aperture :^) Thanks Otto.

  16. I believe that if everyone liked every work of art and all artists conformed to the classical conventions of fine art then art would be a bit boring. Isn’t the art world more interesting thanks to artists like Finch??

  17. Manzoni sold (literally) his own shit in industrial sealed cans to the Modern in NY, the Pompidou in Paris, the Tate and many other “prestigious” museums …for $90,000 to $140,000 a ‘shit’. This is just another piece of shit ….why do I think so, well, I have written and published 2 books as to how the art world has lost its soul in many cases exemplified in the latest work by Finch….Your mama is right, “here the Emperor is naked”. A lot of words are needed to come to the rescue of a vacant art, and vacant art, or ‘bad art’, is simply vacant of feeling…What do you ‘feel’ when you see nothing????

    Prof Phil

  18. “What do you ‘feel’ when you see nothing????”

    Beautiful sentiment. I feel like I’m wasting my time, or I’ve been had.

  19. Спасибо за возможность оставлять комментарии на этой странице!

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