Why We Fixate on the Time Artists Spend on Their Work

Collectors, viewers and members of the press have long been fascinated with how long artists spend on each piece they create. Whether related to our obsession with the myth of the artist’s struggle, how we put a monetary value on a piece, or beyond, “it’s easier to value intensive physical labor over conceptual rigor when an artist’s thought process can feel so intangible and impossible to grasp.” Whether a piece takes years, months, days or even hours, our obsession might be related to capitalism continuing to “undergird our fixation with artistic productivity.” Find out more about viewers’ and artists’ relationships with time at Artsy.