I have been questioning how the big $$$ "art" collectors select their art 'treasures'--Do they really choose what they find appealing or do they 'trust' a typical "I'm a professional and I know what is best for you!" dealer---
Here is a quote from an article I have just read and linked---It seems my question has been answered and it is very revealing- Big $$$ collectors rely on the 'professional' to tell them what they
should like and BUY---whether the art is really excellent or not---!!!
"If I stop being on good behaviour for a moment, my dark little secret is that I don't actually believe many people in the art world have much feeling for art and simply cannot tell a good artist from a weak one, until the artist has enjoyed the validation of others – a received pronunciation. For professional curators, selecting specific paintings for an exhibition is a daunting prospect, far too revealing a demonstration of their lack of what we in the trade call "an eye""