By Gregory Crofton
Director Nathaniel Kahn has made a film about the characters who drive the bizarre business models of the contemporary art industry. One of those characters is the man the photo above, Stefan Edlis, a retired Jewish businessman who survived Nazi Germany to become one of the world’s top art collectors.
“THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING” shows you the salesmanship of legendary and living contemporary artist Jeff Koons first-hand as he offers up a tour of his art factory, and disbelief on the face of German artist Gerhard Richter when he says his paintings shouldn’t be worth than a house.
But but the toxic brilliance of Big Art saleswoman Amy Cappellazzo drives this documentary. Campellazzo dazzles with precise language and her rich style as she extols the virtues of the products of the industry that she is a dominant player in. Edlis’ insights about the business are no less impressive.
This HBO documentary is wonderful piece of art itself. Be sure to check it out. You can watch a trailer for the film below: