Strange Fun Art: Marketplace of Ideas
“Baby Tattooville On Parade” is an exhibition that will be on display this October at the Riverside Art Museum (RAM). The show will be loosely themed around the concept of “The Marketplace of Ideas” which suggests that freedom of expression is analogous to a free market economy where open competition produces desirable results.
Works of art are physical objects that can be bought, sold, and traded; but the ideas that inspire artists to create those works are much less tangible (yet equally valuable) commodities.
One of the paintings included in the exhibition, James Gurney’s “Marketplace of Ideas” (from his book Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara) is a literal interpretation of the notion of an intellectual bazaar where concepts can be presented, marketed, monetized, and collected as readily as tangible goods. Coincidentally, the image evokes some of the majestic architecture of the Mission Inn which has been home to the mysterious and exclusive Baby Tattooville art celebration from 2007 through 2011. “Baby Tattooville on Parade” is RAM’s fourth exhibition providing an accessible, public component to the otherwise private Baby Tattooville event.
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Image © James Gurney Used with permission