This particular article puts in perspective, why those of us looking in at the billion dollar feast being served up in the art world to a few, are left with the crumbs.
Some of us deserve our fate- we do not take our craft and seriously enough and turn out reams and reams of junk. We slavishly revisit old academic forms of painting, copy photographs, so our work has nothing from our inner being, nothing original or surprisingly fresh. We invest little. But not all of us, he points to many worthy artists he thinks are ignored. Some I like- some I don't but there are some inspiring revelations.
Mr. Perl makes the poignant revelation of just how disheartening this state is for a large number of very worthy artists having to endure year after year of indifference and financial hardship.
His ideal artist is a traditionalist with radical ambitions. His favorite artist is Watteau.
An article of one of his favorite figurative artists, Gabriel Laderman written after his death. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/the-picture/85270/gabriel-laderman-painter
On Gerhard Richter http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/visualarts/JedPerl-NewRepub-GerhardRichter-04-2002.html
Here is an excerpt from his book "Eyewitness Reports From an Art World in Crisis", published in 2000, but even more relevant today.