More, the reason Picasso was so lionized was that he was the mid-20th century urban professional's dream. Think Kate Winslet and Leonado di
Caprio in 1950s 'Revolutionary Road.' Their dream is to get out of their Connecticut suburb and go to Paris to live.
Though I have never been sure it is so much 'inspiration' as 'cribbing.' After 1914, Picasso had no fresh ideas. So he recycled other men's work,
and packaged it up for the market
Indeed - and I wouldn't be the first to say it - if Picasso had died in 1914, modern art would have continued exactly as it did.
The trouble is, Picasso lived another 66 years, dying in 1973 at age 92. All he did in all that time was develop himself into a celebrity who
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TV presenter and artist Rolf Harris has said controversial modern artists are conning the public and frightening them away from art galleries.
The 71-year-old star, famed for the huge landscape paintings he did for children's programmes, took a swipe at artist Tracey Emin, and her infamous
work My Bed.
The artwork, which was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, was a recreation of the scene where she spent four days contemplating suicide.
"I don't see how getting out of bed and leaving the bed unmade and putting it on show and saying that's worth, I don't know £31,000... I don't
believe it, I think it's a con," he said during an interview with the unmissabletv.com website.
The bed did not win the prize but it was bought by art collector Charles Saatchi for £150,000.
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Two abstract works by the American (Rothko) are displayed at the Tate Modern in London but there have been claims that they are being displayed on
their side, against his wishes.
The two paintings from the Black on Maroon series have been hung vertically with bold stripes running from top to bottom
However, Rothko is thought to have wanted the works - which he donated to the Tate before committing suicide in February 1970 - to be hung with
the stripes running horizontally and the location of his signature on the back of the paintings is believed to reflect this wish
Further complicating the issue is which of the two possible horizontal displays is the correct one, creating a risk of hanging the paintings
and finally, LOL
The artist himself appears to have changed his mind more than once
. A deed of gift he signed in 1969 lists the two disputed paintings as
, while the direction of the paint dribbles shows that one of the works was painted at least two different ways
So. The artist's dribbles (that's a sophisticated and 'arty' term, lol) reveal that Rothko turned the painting upside down and back again while
Rothko himself described the 'work' as a 'vertical portrait' --- but ALSO wanted the stipes to run 'horizontally'
He was confused ?
Curators still don't know which. Nor can they tell which is top or bottom (if the painting is supposed to be vertical). Ooops, sorry ... Rothko
also wanted it to be hung 'horizontally' --- but again, which is bottom and which is the top ? Does it matter ? After all, he switched it back and
forth while painting it, so he didn't care either
Main thing is, it's 'something to stick on the walls in the hope of impressing'
Is it wallpaper ? Expensive wallpaper ?
Was Rothko merely a dabbler as well as confused ?
Again, it doesn't matter. The art-cons have inflated the perceived 'value'. And let's face it, Rothko's suicide helped. He must have believed
the adage about an artist's work only appreciating in value after his/her death (although the unmade bed made a packet and the 'artist' in that
instance didn't need to die --- only 'think about dying', lol )
Controversial topic which I'm sure will garner many posts and opinions
And must admit, I bought a stack of 'abstract/modern' art on Ebay for next to nothing (the frames at least are good) and slung them around the place
because hey ... you don't have to think about abstract art, although it persuades people that you're really 'clue-y' about art, plus
But the truth is, any old rubbish in a frame is regarded as 'kewl' ... as 'good' ... as 'better' ... as 'valuable' (in fact, the more rubbishy
when the truth is, it demands nothing --- yet is perceived as 'deep and meaningful'
and it's a hell of a lot easier than repainting and re-wallpapering
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