• Frau Katze

    Can’t say I’m a big Picasso admirer. But he seems like a classic old master compared to the new trend in art: “installations” like changing a church into a mosque.

    • It’s a con. But they like being conned.

      “The description of the work from Christie’s catalog hits all of Professor Galenson’s benchmarks.

      It’s innovative: “Painted directly with the artist’s feet as he suspended himself above the canvas from a rope hanging from the ceiling, the painting represents a unity of the central tenets of postwar abstraction with performance art.”

      And it’s from the most influential period of the artist’s work: “Painted in 1961, ‘BB56’ dates from a highly significant time for the artist,” the catalog description says, adding that 1962 “was the year in which Shiraga was given his first solo show outside Japan, at the Galerie Stadler in Paris, where this painting was exhibited.”

      That it may look, to some, like a child’s finger painting is irrelevant. “A lot of contemporary art is aggressively ugly,” Professor Galenson said. “That doesn’t matter in terms of its value.”

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Picasso was secretly commissioned for his work “Guernica” by the communists.

        Most of the buying and selling in the art world is a scam.

        • BillyHW

          And they’re all faggots too.

          • mobuyus

            I’d like to shit on a stick paint it gold and sell it to them.

          • BillyHW

            They’ll just shove that stick up their asses.

          • Clausewitz

            Billy, have you had a bad encounter with a gay chap? You seem to be a bit on edge today.

          • The_Infidel_01

            LOL same outcome.

          • mobuyus

            I’d be selling them at a hundred thousand a pop. What they would do with my art I’d leave up to them. I would hope they give my art a place of prominence in their galleries and homes.

    • Rich people buy art because they can.

      I think Picasso is a trifle exhibitionist myself. It’s like he flaunted convention just to show he could.

      Now Mini-Zilla, on the other hand…

    • Rosenmops

      A fool and his money are soon parted.

  • BillyHW

    It’s too much work to find all the boobies.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The turning point in art was the invention of photography. Until then, artists tried to represent reality. Once they realized that they couldn’t compete against photos, their works became more fanciful and abstract.

  • The_Infidel_01

    Why? cube, square triangle.

  • El Martyachi

    … can buy a lot of LSD with $179m.

  • Brett_McS

    Modern Art is a classic financial bubble.

  • Minicapt

    Picasso did not draw well:
    http://www.standpointmag.co.uk/node/4499/full

    Cheers

  • Picasso was a randy hetero with lots of humor (I’ve seen many works of his all over the world, and learned to appreciate him). Bacon was a mentally confused homo – he belongs in a butcher shop rather than in an art gallery or museum.

  • AlanUK

    More money than sense as my sainted mother would have said.

  • Edubeat

    Guernica is profound art