PietFrancke wrote:[...] We sometimes pretend that art stands on it's own, but in fact we care about who the artist is - and whether he is legendary. [...]
I understand your meaning now, and I agree; who the creator is (and how the collector/viewer feels about that artist) is definitely a key influencer as to how something is interpreted. We don't even have to go far to see this in play. Take photographers you've come to admire within the smaller forum communities for example. Whenever an image is posted you will read a wide variety of responses from the viewers, each one reacting differently to the same image. Or even the example of Banksy and his graffiti art gaining greater value because it is a "Banksy". A decade ago it was vandalism, today it's something worthy of a gallery display.
Thanks for point that out. I completely left it out of the equation.