Buying art as a gift for others is not to be done casually just to convey a “pretty picture”, but to share a message or experience, identify a relationship, demonstrate an understanding, or make a statement – The Sociability of Art!
Hugh MacLeod, of “gapingvoid” (TM)(c) fame (“cartoonist/blogger/provocateur”, www.gapingvoid.com – caution for occassional “adult” language) stated that there is a “totemic” value to such a gift: to send a message, remind the giver and the receiver of the energy and idea in the artwork for the many years that it might be visible and enjoyed by them.
He intends the definition of totemic to mean a venerated emblem or symbol, not a quasi-religious item.
Hugh MacLeod’s statement is in a broader scope interiew about Hugh’s art and society as he sees it, on “Rethink with Paul Barron” on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=dQQSXrjjnz0 – an interview about Hugh’s 2011 book “Evil Plans” – a provocative title, but the “evil” is from those who would denigrate your creativity and plans for developing your art (“Evil Plans – Having Fun on the Road to World Domination”, Portfolio / Penguin, New York, 2011) which followed his bestseller, “Ignore Everybody”.
Both of his books speak to the attacks by critics, competition, even friends and family, on your creative work, and how he learned to overcome them and persevere in his work.
Anything that is gifted merely because an occassion “demands” a gift, and anytime a gift is selected without foreknowledge of a person’s or institution’s values, intentions, aspirations and needs, is an offering unworthy of the giver and an affront to the recipient.
Something to keep in mind.