Posted on 08/12/2013

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Drawing Stool After Picasso

Drawing Stool After Picasso
If you've ever read any critiques about Picasso's Bull's Head, if you are like me, you find yourself cringing with the over-doneness of it all (including Picasso's own self-congratulations), hyperbolic even for hyperbole. You start to wonder about whether there may be something to the analytic criticism about art in general, that once it leaves the (mostly) poor, starving artist (Picasso was not in this company but the majority were), it becomes a commodity controlled by museums and auctioneers. There has to be something to all of it: what other explanation is there for the unique condition seen in fine arts which is simply that at the point of production there is (as a general rule) struggle and poverty but at the consumer end there is absurd wealth. Earlier this year, May, Sotheby's auctioned a small drip painting by Pollock for over $58 million (#19 which I have viewed three inches from my face). The sales for the auction that particular evening amounted to over $495 million total which was $200 million MORE than the auction held just the previous evening.

I won't go on and on. But you can easily find, if you're inclined to look, fascinating and well-articulated thinking about this phenom (and its ultimate Purpose and Effect). It may seem subversive or counter to the nearly religiously precious way we've come to regard art, but if you're not afraid it is also interesting and opens your brain, and eye, to a different world than the one you may be accustomed to.

I also think that the story about tulips in Holland is related, if tangentially, and instructional.

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