“Brilliant and captivating. […] ‘The Price of Everything’ exalts in the spirt of art over commerce, yet what’s thrilling about the film — and what echoes in your mind after it’s over — is that it captures all the ways those two forces can’t be separated.” – Variety
THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING
USA | 2018 | 98 min
Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society.
With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a mirror up to our values and our times — where everything can be bought and sold.
Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, to one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror up to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.
“Nathaniel Kahn’s film beautifully navigates subjects as heady as the nature of art itself.” – POV Magazine
“Nathaniel Kahn lets the contemporary-art market shoot itself in the pedicured foot. But not everything worth saying needs to be articulated in this highly polished documentary-a beautiful piece of representational art, as it happens.” – Wall Street Journal
“‘The Price of Everything’ reveals how the $400-million sausage is made, how capitalism has turned art from idea into inventory.” – LA Time
“A fascinating film, as educational as it is entertaining.” – The Gate
Cracking the Frame
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