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Apparently this mess is not just a painting, but a painting worth $30 million.

(waddya mean I posted it upside down?)

In an act of artistic criticism with which I can sympathise, a woman has caused $10,000 of damage by punching it, dropping her strides and then rubbing her arse against it.

I know what you’re thinking: “That’s not worth $30 million!” Well, I wouldn’t pay two bob for it, but if someone is willing to pay $30 million then that’s what it’s worth.  All of which is strangely comforting, because it means, without a doubt, I’m not the most mental person around.

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  1. Certain artists have been playing an extended practical joke on their customers for a really long time, who are too stupid to realize the con.

    Hey, if you can get someone to pay a bunch of dough for this piece of junk, more power to you.

  2. This just goes to show you that when the market sets the price for something it can get it really really wrong.

  3. it was PT Barnum that once said nail two boards together that have never been nailed together before, and some schmuck will buy it.

    That picture looks like a wall that someones barbeque blew up in front of.

  4. “a woman has caused $10,000 of damage by punching it, dropping her strides and then rubbing her arse against it.”

    If she’s HOT, she can use my face to wipe her arse.

    Granted, it’s not worth 30-million, but it does have a workable tongue!

  5. “a woman has caused $10,000 of damage by punching it, dropping her strides and then rubbing her arse against it.”

    Surely by doing that she has just increased it’s value by at least half a mill. A reward for the talented lady is due methinks 😉

  6. I admit that the painting doesn’t strike me as much ‘good’, but I think that with most art-forms, you have to have experience and knowledge of (and a natural affinity with) a particular style before you can truly judge a piece. For all I know, this could be one item in a series, which only makes sense in the context of the others.

    Even when one knows nothing about a painting, why not use our imaginations? Let’s see… the black and white areas represent opposing political forces (left v right), and the red is the blood that has been spilled over the centuries, by those seeking conquest and power in the names of those ideologies. The small splash of grey top-left represents the lone individual voice who refuses to see things in black and white and who sees the grey areas, and the yellow on the right could be an approaching era of enlightenment, or spirituality.
    It doesn’t even matter if that’s not what the artist meant by it; I have interpreted it for myself (as we do with everything we see/hear), so now it means something to me! That’s what you’re meant to do with abstract art: you can’t just stare dumbly at it and ask it to reveal what it means, you have to draw on the resources of your memory/culture/inner life etc, and find the patterns in it.

    Anyway, its monetary value will have little to do with its actual artistic worth, and more to do with its rarity (or uniqueness). Didn’t the first edition of some Marvel comic recently sell for millions? It wasn’t because the artwork in it was exceptionally good, it was because of its rarity.

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