The Art market IS elitist. What many people don't want to understand is that the Art market is a business and it usually has nothing to do with "Art" as most of the people think of it. Nobody cares how "beautiful" your artwork is, people care if your works can be SOLD. Buying Art is a form of investment and gallerists and collectors are the ones who dictate the rules of the market. If someone like Larry Gagosian buys one of your works and thinks that you can help him make more money, then you become part of the "elite". When collectors realize that they NEED a new Artist to make money with, they CHOOSE one and they make him famous (Richter is one of these chosen Artists). Nobody cares if "it sucks, I can do that too, there are better Artists". People who think that way ignore the fact that everyone wants to make profits from Art!
Little hint: one of the most important things an Artist should have in order to "be chosen" is a RECOGNIZABLE style. Everyone recognize a Rothko, a Warhol, a Hirst, a Richter, a Sasnal, an Ackermann or a Doig. When rich people receive their guests to their luxury apartments , they want them to recognize the paintings on the walls and say "oh, is that a Rudolf Stingel? It must be cool to have one". People like to brag, not only to make profits
I think in general it's elitist, usually when most people think of art they think of very expensive masters' paintings in the Louvre that of course only rich people can buy. So yeah, that is elitist. But really it depends on the market, and it also depends on what you consider "art".
Usually from what I see, the elitist art market sells things like Mark Rothko's rectangle paintings for millions of dollars and that's considered art. But for example, there are people who make lovely art jewelry and sell it at fairs or on places like Etsy that are affordable for average people. Who is to say that Rothko's rectangle paintings are more "art" than these jewelry pieces? Just a bunch of rich people. So, it is subjective.
sadly it is , the better your mediums the better your art , i only use cheap supplies and thus make only sketches and things , nothing ....AMAZING because i cant bring those colors out with pens .
and real "art" is considered extremely pricey you can only get cheap prints not originals . everything sadly in this world seems to be about money there is no such thing as FREE , not even people anymore :/
Definately some pieces of art old one or modern have so high prices. It is interesting thing a very social and cultural cuz I wonder if we have a public as destinatary of our art as consumer good or not.