Make art that's difficult to collect, so only museums will collect it.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Art!
The above work, Sarah Sze's The Art of Losing, is on display in Japan.
NY Magazine writes:
Sarah Sze’s striking, delicate site-specific constructions aren’t exactly the easiest things to collect, transport, or install. Often gallery-size and made from everyday bric-a-brac such as ladders, lamps, fans, Q-tips, string, toothpicks, paper, rocks, cots, cans, and plastic bottles, the neo-Escher-like structures seem like they might collapse if you so much as breathe on them wrong. With works like The Art of Losing (2004)—an epic cyclonic mobile of sorts owned by the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan—impractical for most collectors to display and therefore own, her prices have never made headlines, her presence at auction is negligible, and the pieces themselves are typically seen in and acquired by museums.
But at 43, she’s (somewhat suddenly) a star, thanks to the rigor and consistency of her vision, and institutional support for obsessive, pointedly ephemeral work that defies commodification in an art market always hungry to buy. Sze has works in the collections of the MoMA, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney, as well as a MacArthur “genius” grant (her husband, doctor and author Siddhartha Mukherjee, has a Pulitzer), and in February, she was invited to represent the U.S. at the 2013 Venice Biennale—an art-world designation on par with an Oscar.
She also had an installation commissioned for NYC's 2nd Avenue subway system: http://huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/second-avenue-subway-public-art-chuck-close-sarah-sze_n_1515387.html
I'm generally of the attitude that it's great to merge art with practicality and solid design so that it can surround us all the time and so everyone can appreciate and own it vs a privileged elite.
I've heard many criticize the premium on Apple products saying they just charge more because the devices look pretty. Yet many of spend money on paintings, knickknacks, jewelry, clothing, etc that's sole purpose is to look pretty. Looking pretty is worth something and if it can be merged with those things we use the most, there's a harmony in that which I really appreciate.
Yes, there's a beauty in harmony and an elegance in design that does command a premium.
It's not just about looking better. It's about creating an emotional response.