|Question: Why are drawings not so popular in galleries and museums, who continue to focus on painting more than any other art form.
Answer: Dear friend. That's a profound question with more than one answer. First of all it is a matter of perception. Drawings are often perceived as less valuable because they are considered "works in progress," or mere "preparatory sketches," for larger finished works. Who wants to pay a lot for just studies, when you can have a finished work for the same price? Drawings also adhere to an established "language of drawing," which in order to appreciate, you must learn the language of drawing. Not many know that language because post-modernism has all but destroyed the need for any constructive language with which artwork is created. The notions of "anything goes," and "everything is art," do not apply to drawing. It is not difficult to detect someone who cannot draw. Second, drawing is not as colourful most of the time as brightly coloured paint. One curator said to me, "people want colour, bright colour." There is no doubt that bright colours belong in the realm of paint. Colour pastels do run a close second, but what can beat oils and acrylics? Many master drawings are in black and white or in a combination of one or two colours of chalk, especially soft brown and red-brown chalks such as sepia and sanguine. Yet, it was Michelangelo, who first created drawings as finished works, even binding a number of them in book form. I guess it was one of the earliest forms of the "coffeetable book" movement. We need more gallery owners to stand up for the beauty and value of drawing, giving drawing its rightful place on the monetary scale of art prices.