Lately I’ve been seeing tons of ads for art shows that advertise “sofa-sized” paintings for $19. Apparently these shows are at small hotels and they are very explicit in the ad that no painting costs more than $59.
So what’s the scam here? Is canvas and paint really that cheap? I presume that most fine art isn’t measured by “sofa-size.” Who are these artists pumping out this stuff and how much could they possibly be making? What are the subjects?
Has anyone ever been to one of these sales? Are the paintings bad enough to appreciate ironically (or good enough to appreciate unironically)?