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Julian Sula

1 Year Ago

$43.8 Million Price Tag. Your One Word Reaction?

This Barnett Newman painting sold at auction for $43.8 million dollars last month. If you were to choose only one word to describe your first reaction, what would that word be?

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Mary Bedy

1 Year Ago

jealous

 

. . . speechless . . .

 

Angelina Vick

1 Year Ago

To the work: ping pong (sorry it's two words)
To the person who bought it: sucker!
To the artist: brilliant (at branding, not making art)

 

Craig Carter

1 Year Ago

Whuhhhhhhh?

 

Michael Hoard

1 Year Ago

Absurd.

 

Jeffery Johnson

1 Year Ago

Distracted

 

John Crothers

1 Year Ago

unbelievable

 

Mike Savad

1 Year Ago

ping pong came to mind.

did the guy come with it?


and how do i get my stuff listed there?


---Mike Savad

 

P S

P S

1 Year Ago

 

Chaline Ouellet

1 Year Ago

Awesome!

 

Julian Sula

1 Year Ago

Thanks for that awesome YouTube link Philip! Fascinating documentary!

 

Igor Kislev

1 Year Ago

encouraging

;)

 

Deborah Smolinske

1 Year Ago

WTF?

 

Phyllis Wolf

1 Year Ago

Ridiculous

 

Roseann Caputo

1 Year Ago

Ludicrous

 

Mary Armstrong

1 Year Ago

Bizarre!

 

Jim Hughes

1 Year Ago

celebrity

 

Kent Whitaker

1 Year Ago

Ping-pong was also my first thought when I viewed the painting.However,if you look closely you'll notice that the artist
has changed the standard green color of the ping-pong table to BLUE!! No wonder it sold for $43 million! Green,it wouldn't have sold for half of that.

 

WTF?

I'll second that Deborah


 

Cynthia Decker

1 Year Ago

Travesty.


I can't help but think about what good that money could do elsewhere.

 

Tony Murray

1 Year Ago

Posted by: Cynthia Decker on 06/17/2013 - 2:48 PM
"Travesty.
I can't help but think about what good that money could do elsewhere."


Concur.

 

JC Findley

1 Year Ago

Goals

 

Todd Bennett

1 Year Ago

whodathunkit?

 

David Bishop

1 Year Ago

the jokes on the buyer it's obviously upside down

 

Katie Spicuzza

1 Year Ago

Why?

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Harm Plat

1 Year Ago

The one word that comes to mind would be: "wut?"

I agree with Greg: the emperor has no clothes parable comes to mind.
There is really nothing there that would warrant such a price tag. Of course, it's big, it's blue.
It might even be considered nouveau, or new in it's own way. I mean the one paiting that comes remotely close to this one
in sheer size, execution and simplicity, was as I recall it, red. So there you go.
That would warrant a hefty price tag in the right cirkles, but this is kind of out there.

Which reminds me, has anyone made a yellow one yet? If not, 50 million, here I come!! :D

 

Greg Allore

1 Year Ago

Sorry Harm, Someone beat you to it. They couldn't even come up with a title. Maybe you can try a different shade LoL

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Importance-of-being-abstract/29907

Scroll to the bottom.

 

Cynthia Decker

1 Year Ago

That is the very lifeforce of yellow, the intimate spirit of the color that exists exclusively between green and orange. It captures the hue of cowardice in a textural cornucopia of modern angst and minimalist clarity.




*now if you'll excuse me, I have to go detach my retinas so I can roll my eyes far enough back in my head*

 

Chuck Staley

1 Year Ago

The one word that comes to mind would be: "Dead"

That's what he is, and has been since 1970, so I don't think he'll be enjoying those fortunes.

 

Greg Allore

1 Year Ago

Cynthia Decker, you should be a charlata -uh I mean a gallery owner.
Also, Your Artwork is amazing.

 

Harm Plat

1 Year Ago

Greg: lol haha aw crap well I guess if yellow's already done, I'm going to move into the secondary colors!
And then tertiary, tetrairy..my god, the possiblities are endless! I'll be swimming in gold like scrooge McDuck in no time!
Cynthia: beautiful poetry. It tickled my spine like a little mountain stream of joy, dancing on the rocks and growing into
a crescendo of sound and movement until all I could hear was the ocean herself. Ahhh..bliss. :)

 

Francesa Miller

1 Year Ago

Ack!
These people aren't so much artists as salesmen - no - con men.
Even more chutzpah: A polish "artist" sold a painting to the Arts Council England for 1500 that he didn't even bother to paint.
He called it "A painting that hasn't been painted yet".
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3256046/Taxpayers-cash-spent-on-invisible-art.html

 

P S

P S

1 Year Ago

"Phyllis made me LOL! (and run over to Photoshop...)"

Ha! Brilliant. Now that would be a good commentary on art, if someone would actually paint that. Art ( the artefact and artificial ) should never take itself too seriously.

But most here - when I read their comments - are also missing an opportunity to render themselves less blind. If anything, the work is precisely about letting go of all preconceived notions and ideas of what a painting or work of art ( r e a l i t y ) is supposed to look like or be. It's both a spiritual exercise in seeing and trying to connect with what one sees, scientifically. The observer is the observed, the subject of perception ultimately being perception itself...

 

Fran Riley

1 Year Ago

Perfect.

 

Harm Plat

1 Year Ago

Philip: personally I think that most people that defend these kinds of works of art are suffering of the splinter in another one's eye syndrome. No offense meant btw.
Art can take itself seriously or not, that is up to the artist and up to the public. There is no predefined cage of seriousness or lack thereof that any artist should be
placed in to. If anything, artists throughout the ages have, together with writers, activists and peoples of all kinds of creeds and social statuses, tried to open people's eyes.

A spiritual excercise in seeing is what I call dreaming, or being high, or meditating, heck any kind of activity that relates to that.
Trying to connect with what one sees, scientifically? What does that mean. It could mean so many things that it becomes kind of meaningless in and of itself.
Quantum theory states that once one percieves, reality is altered anyway. So why not have it altered into something remotely being awesome. In my mind the artist did just that
even though it's not my personal taste at all. But 40 million something? It's not that awesome.

By the way, I'm not trying to offend you in any way. I just take issue with being called "blind" when I just have a different opinion on what constitutes great art.
There is nothing wrong with my personal stance on art and neither is there with yours. Personally I love it when people's opinions differ, for it makes life more colourful.
Just don't say that I'm blind. Then I kind of get on my high horse and run off into the lands of faeries and rainbows, where I'm at least understood. ;)

 

P S

P S

1 Year Ago

"I just take issue with being called "blind" when I just have a different opinion on what constitutes great art."

We're all blind. Once born we grow blind growing up into all kinds of conventions ( good - bad, etc… ) that tell us how to "see" or be. Regardless of art and the art world being a convention itself, part of what art is and what artists do is to 'unblind'. That's what Monet and the impressionists were doing, probably much to the same initial responses about their work as the ones that could be found here about this work.

"There is nothing wrong with my personal stance on art and neither is there with yours."

No, but why start from a personal stance at all? As artists we have to have a personal point of view in making art. But when viewing art, why not start with the work of art and let that experience ( the questions it raises, or not, etc,...) broaden our own point of view instead of starting from an already preconceived point of view of what a work is supposed to look like for it to trigger some wanted response in us when we're looking at it.

 

Greg Allore

1 Year Ago

What if Jack Torrance had actually published the book he wrote at the Overlook Hotel in "The Shining"? Would it be considered a great novel? Or would people feel robbed after paying good money for it? Would there be people defending his "talent" at creating something NEW and BOLD?

This painting was done with a piece of masking tape stuck on a canvas. Then he used a small brush to paint a large area. If he were painting the side of a house, he would have been told to do it over. But since he calls himself an artist, It's "worth" $45M. You can say what you want, you are welcome to your own opinions. But I think this kind of thing gives art a bad name. As a decorative object it's great. But calling it art...?

 

Fran Riley

1 Year Ago

Just want to mention that for mostl Art, the experience should be in person. Looking at the digital version of Newman's work or any for that matter will not do it justice. Stand in front of it, interact with it (maybe several times not just once) to really get a 'sense' of it. It was how the artist meant for it to be seen.

 

Greg Allore

1 Year Ago

"...broaden our own point of view instead of starting from an already preconceived point of view of what a work is supposed to look like for it to trigger some wanted response in us when we're looking at it."

Phillip, I really don't think anyone had any preconceived notions about a work of "art" that is just a panel of color with a line down the middle. Most of us put actual effort into what we do. This painting just perpetuates the stereotype of the lazy artist that is only trying to avoid work. Most people already have the idea that art must be the easiest job in the world.

 

David Lane

1 Year Ago

where is my piece of this PIE

 

P S

P S

1 Year Ago

"If he were painting the side of a house, he would have been told to do it over. But since he calls himself an artist, It's "worth" $45M."

The artistic intent ( that's the thing that differentiates an artist from a house painter, duh ) of the artist when making the painting has little to do with the work, 60 years after it was made and long after the artists death, being sold for so much.

 

Greg Allore

1 Year Ago

Fran, I can go outside and do that to a stucco wall on the side of a house, or a window frame. But to think this painting has any meaning or tells a story, that would be only in the imagination of the viewer. And that is just one more thing it has in common with a stucco wall.

 

Greg Allore

1 Year Ago

That's circular reasoning Phil, you can't show that he had any more artistic intent than Jack Torrance had in writing his novel. For all we know, he could have made all these paintings because of a Bar Bet with a gallery owner.

 

Julian Sula

1 Year Ago

Color, texture, composition, subject matter, craftsmanship, personal sensibilities, all of these ingredients have to converge and come together in unison to achieve a climactic emotional experience for both the artist and the viewer. Just like a Bethoven, Mozart or Bach can bring chills down your spine for reasons you might not even be able to explain, a visual piece of art in my humble opinion should carry the same emotional payload to engage, compel and ultimately transform. If art is to serve a purpose it is to unify all of us in harmony, to guide us towards attaining and experiencing our full spiritual potential. That is what I woud consider depth. Sure anything can be considered art I suppose, but what kind of artist do YOU want to be?

 

Fran Riley

1 Year Ago

@Greg - The minimalistic style of Newman's work was about boundaries and how this affects us as we interact with the piece. Meaning's or stories are made by the viewer's and their reactions and/or interaction.

 

P S

P S

1 Year Ago

"That's circular reasoning Phil, you can't show that he had any more artistic intent than Jack Torrance had in writing his novel.


Jack Torrance is a fictional character in a Stephen King book, what's the relevance?!


"For all we know, he could have made all these paintings because of a Bar Bet with a gallery owner."


What is known is the history of ( modern ) art and the place this artist and his work has in it. Context.

 

P S

P S

1 Year Ago

"If art is to serve a purpose it is to unify all of us in harmony, to guide us towards attaining and experiencing our full spiritual potential."

Yes, I agree. I look at this work and works like it from a perspective of non dualism and it is precisely about that, about *not* ascribing ideals or subjects or meanings into it or the world that it is placed in, or in other words, to experience and express that full spiritual universal potential. If one looks at it from a non dual / advaita point of view, then the subject of the work becomes almost as self evident as when looking at a tree ( without being aware of the word 'tree' that's attached to that what we see as a tree when we look at it ). These are difficult concepts that have nothing to do with the painting and in the end the painting simply is what it is, but knowing about such concepts makes the painting and looking at the painting ( if one would be able to stand in front of it and really experience it ) so much more interesting.

 

Julian Sula

1 Year Ago

If I may. I apologize in advance if I offend anyone with the second video link below.






 

Dyan Johnson

1 Year Ago

overpriced

 

Roger Swezey

1 Year Ago

$3,500/sq.inch.........(more or less)

 

Roger Swezey

1 Year Ago

FYI..Onement VI:....Pre Auction Ad

 

Greg Allore

1 Year Ago

NSFW NSFart


 

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