By Hrag Vartanian
|An image from Meural’s report on Americans and art (via Meural)|
Some not so surprising things (with my commentary):
- 82% of people could not identify the artist of the “Girl with a Pearl Earring” as Vermeer. I bet many thought it was by Rembrandt.
- 42% of millenials couldn’t name Grant Wood’s “American Gothic.” Who cares?
- 1 in 14 believe art is too pretentious for them to enjoy. Honestly, I’m surprised it isn’t higher.
Some suspect things:
- 1 in 5 Americans would spend more time appreciating art if they had better access. I’m not sure I buy this because, people always say aspirational things but often do something else.
And the really surprising:
- 4% of Americans buy art regularly. Hmmm …
- 85% of those who buy art say they will spend up to $500 on it. OK, this makes more sense — but how will any artist make a living if this is the preferred price point?