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(The New York Times)   Two blue rectangles: $43.8 million. We are in the wrong farking line of work   ( ) divider line
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2013-05-15 11:19:38 PM  

indarwinsshadow: Ladies and Gentlemen.

The Billion Dollar Room;

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2013-05-15 11:35:08 PM  
Many years ago I was on a college trip that included a visit to what I assume now was the Detroit Institute of Art. I don't know that I saw the actual painting on the wall, but in the gift shop there was a poster/print of what appeared to be just two red rectangles. Being a punk-ass know-nothing sophomore, I sneered at this "art".

Well friends, I must say that over time I have become a big believer in Minimalism, mainly in music but also in the other arts, and those two red rectangles had come to haunt me. Because of this article, I think I have at last identified them as this: Be I

So thank you, fellow Farkers and subby, for bringing this story to my attention, it has allowed me to scratch an itch that has lingered for something like two decades plus.
2013-05-15 11:36:46 PM
2013-05-16 07:02:11 AM  
I had to take an art appreciation class as an elective one semester. I learned I liked art better when I didn't know anything about it.

/I do have an appreciation for Jackson Pollock though, maybe because I drink heavily too
2013-05-16 07:05:30 AM  
no one went here yet?
2013-05-16 08:01:15 AM  

cptjeff: A heap of human shiat could probably sell at auction for a few million bucks if enough people joined in the delusion that it was artistic.

£97,250 at Sotheby's as of five years ago.
kab [TotalFark]
2013-05-16 08:26:10 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: I like this one.
One rectangle goes one way and the other goes the other.
The stripe's saying, "Whaddya want from me?"

+10 internets for you.
2013-05-16 03:00:39 PM  
It's not art. It's scam art. Coming up with the explanation of what the painting represents takes more time than the actual painting. It's ludicrous. They are not painters, they are creative writers.

Rich people who buy it, and the people who go to museums to look at it, and claim to "get it", do so because they want to feel that that there is actually something that makes them smarter or more sophisticated than the average bum on the street.
2013-05-16 07:01:44 PM  
You're not to see the blue. You're to see what is not blue. And then you see the value instead of the worth. This is something. This is nothing.
2013-05-16 10:21:56 PM  

swaxhog: Voice of Fire has 3 rectangles and sold for 1.8M. Suddenly that doesn't seem so stupid.Looking over Newman's work,  this guy had to be trolling rich people.

That was pretty much my conclusion when I was studying his work a decade ago.  I'm shocked at how much it's appreciated since then.
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