Over the past few years Cat (my wife) and I have had the opportunity to get to know Winston and Elizabeth Eggleston. Winston happens to be the son of William Eggleston and also the managing director of the Eggleston Artistic Trust. (click on name for website link)
Throughout the past few years we’ve attended various dinner parties at each others homes and during one of the visits Winston and Elizabeth commented on how much they liked one of my paintings and asked if I would be interesting in selling or trading for an Eggleston print. Like any sane person I immediately said yes!With much delight Cat and I received our signed print earlier this summer and it made me start to think about the transaction. First of all, my thoughts always start with –HOLY SHIT I HAVE A WILLIAM EGGLESTON! Then I start to wonder about other “straight up” trades and informal bartering that exist in the art community. I remember Nathan Boyer (click on name to see his website) telling me a great story about trading one of his paintings for a Saab. Yeah that’s right! A car…and it ran!He drove it from New York to Columbia, Missouri numerous times.
So without further ado here is the sticky from my “documentary stickies” pile. _Documentary entitled "Straight Up" explores the trade of artwork between artists/non artist and other artist/non artists. “Straight Up” examines both sides of the trade and investigates how the impulse to barter "art objects" has been a frequent and acceptable tradition that artist and art enthusiasts practice.
Anybody have any other stories….