art price

Posted by elen riot | Mon Sep 1st 2008 7:55 a.m.

Hello All,

I am completing a Ph-D about digital art and have a hard time finding the price of digital art pieces (any kind). If you have a clue, could you help me ? I am also curious about the difference about production costs and sale prices as well as about the reason why prices are so hard to find. Does it mean there is still no market, so to speak ?

Thank you.

  • marc garrett | Mon Sep 1st 2008 9:26 a.m.
    Hello Elen,

    This is an interesting question, and one that has had many of us arguing with each other through the years.

    >Does it mean there is still no market, so to speak ?

    There is a market, but one that is not based around traditional exchange of object = cash, alone - some is, but of it is not.

    I know that many on here have their own 'real' examples...

    I can also give you actual examples of artworks that I know have been either commissioned, bought or on loan to different institutions and private individuals, but busy with doing things at the moment.

    Here are some links that I quickly thought of that may help a little bit more.

    wishing you well.


    Micro Persuasion.
    Steve Rubel explores the impact of emerging technologies on business, culture, media, PR and marketing.

    PUBLICCURATING—METHODS RESOURCES THEORIES is an ongoing research-project by the Vienna-based organisation CONT3XT.NET collecting methods, resources, and theories concerning the curation of (New) Media and Internet-based Art.

    Bitforms, in NY have been selling artists works as digital objects for a while now.

    'The Net.Art Money-Go-Round' by Frederic Madre.
    Is an interesting article about net artists and money.

    How to lose money with your art ?
    "At the beginning of April, a debate took place on mailing list, about how to earn money with net art. It suggested to me an answer to an easier problem : how to spend money with my art (if you understand everything on how to spend money, you should in principle understand also how to earn money, because of conservation laws...)"

  • Christina McPhee | Mon Sep 1st 2008 10:27 p.m.
    hi Elen,

    you might try talking with dealers and gallerists who market digital art. There are lots of them!~

    besides Bitforms (thanks Marc for the ref), just for starters:

    also check out the magazine for more links.

    and rhizomers PAM are a good resource too-- for digital video scene/market/etc:

  • Virginie | Mon Sep 8th 2008 11:56 a.m.
    Hi Elen,

    I'm writting my dissertation about Digital Art and the Art Market for my Master Art & Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London.

    I'll be happy to exchange with you some of my findings : you can contact me at

  • Zach | Tue Sep 9th 2008 1:49 a.m.
    • Zach | Tue Sep 9th 2008 5:06 a.m.
      this is the picture of art price that isn't working in my other post.
  • Chris Vecchio | Tue Sep 9th 2008 4:25 a.m.
    I read half the article before I realized it was NOT a performance piece.
    oy... :-)
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