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(Yahoo)   Okay, now I think the rich are just mocking us: Casino mogul Steve Wynn pays $28 million for an unbelievably ugly statue of Popeye by an artist whose stainless steel rendering of a balloon dog recently sold for $58 million   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 17
    More: Asinine, Popeye, casino mogul, Jeff Koons, statues, Kings, starving artist  
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2014-05-16 11:22:49 PM  
4 votes:

kling_klang_bed: Well, it's not like children's hospitals, mental health care facilities, battered wives shelters, free drug rehab centers or anything like that could've used the money, right?


The money still exists.
2014-05-17 03:05:39 AM  
2 votes:
The statue is also a blatant screaming ripoff copy of a Popeye toy produced by Dark Horse.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/fine-art/did-jeff-koons-just-make-28-mill io n-by-plagiarizing-a-dark-horse-popeye-toy-99475.html
2014-05-17 12:12:18 AM  
2 votes:
No comment how the statue is a stainless-steel 100% copy of a $15 toy?  As in, zero creativity except for an idea to render a small piece of plastic in stainless steel at a couple dozen times its original size, with no credit given to the original toy sculptor?
2014-05-16 11:22:26 PM  
2 votes:
"Art."
2014-05-17 09:58:32 AM  
1 votes:

Krumet: jsmilky: Koons does not even make his own art.  He pays people to make it for him.  The Wall Street Journal had a front page article
about this, maybe ten years ago.

So, the whole thing is kinda like that scene from Tom Wolfe's "Back To Blood."


Yes.  I read the scene he wrote about Art Basel in Miami and his description of the glass plaques of the artist farking his wife are based on work Koons did back in the early 90s, when he was married to an Italian porn star.  And that seemed to be the problem with Wolfe's book: it would have been really on-point if he'd published it a decade ago or more.

Jeff Koons was a stockbroker before he became an artist.  I think that's about all you need to know about him and his art, which is really just a mass-produced commodity with a very large pricetag attached.
2014-05-17 09:33:05 AM  
1 votes:
Ahh.....obscenely wealthy people's problems. It just makes me glad to be one of the 99% poor folks out there in the world. My art on the wall costs less than maybe $50 combined. If I happen to damage one, I'll just go to Spencer's in the mall and buy another.

/ okay, maybe I'm not glad to be poor.....

// but I sure don't want rich people problems
2014-05-17 09:23:56 AM  
1 votes:

astouffer: Rich people spending money? It made my monocle fall out.


Ha! Good show, chap. I actually had a great laugh at that. I fear for your monocle, though.....I hope it survived it's impromptu journey to the floor. Imagine if you had to purchase another. The horror!
2014-05-17 06:09:16 AM  
1 votes:
It IS the rich mocking us. When items of such basic intrinsic value are having wads of cash thrown at them like that, any artistic and economically pragmatic requirements have already been met and it's a literal money fight among the rich.
2014-05-17 03:51:41 AM  
1 votes:
Meanwhile...


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2014-05-17 02:17:16 AM  
1 votes:
Of course the rich are mocking us, OP.  The only reason "art" like this sells for so much is because it's a game the rich like to play.  Who can spend their money the most extravagantly?  Who can amass the most impressive or unique collection?  It's all about social standing among the other rich.
2014-05-17 01:08:16 AM  
1 votes:
Koons does not even make his own art.  He pays people to make it for him.  The Wall Street Journal had a front page article
about this, maybe ten years ago.
2014-05-17 12:17:06 AM  
1 votes:

Vitamin Pb: kling_klang_bed: Well, it's not like children's hospitals, mental health care facilities, battered wives shelters, free drug rehab centers or anything like that could've used the money, right?

Let's see how your hate stacks up against reality:

$2m to United Way of Southern Nevada
$25 to University of Iowa for eye diseases

Those are the ones I found right away. Let us know when you donate your first $1M you selfish, greedy bastard.


Is that you, Alec Baldwin?
2014-05-17 12:00:43 AM  
1 votes:

phaseolus: I farking hate Jeff Koons' art.


I feel like Koons' art is completely representative of this time period. It's completely vapid, devoid of meaning, and way overpriced. He's the Kim Kardashian or Snookie of the art world - he's famous mostly for being famous, not for being talented or particularly good at anything, and when you look at his art for more than 5 minutes, you realize that there's not anything to see beyond what's on the surface.
2014-05-16 11:54:53 PM  
1 votes:
I farking hate Jeff Koons' art.
2014-05-16 11:16:02 PM  
1 votes:
Well, it's not like children's hospitals, mental health care facilities, battered wives shelters, free drug rehab centers or anything like that could've used the money, right?
2014-05-16 04:54:48 PM  
1 votes:
Steve Wynn, the same blind art lover who poked a hole through a Picasso?
2014-05-16 04:42:43 PM  
1 votes:
Is this where the "art major = fries with that" jokes come in?
 
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