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    http://www.helencummins.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Miro-Étoile-B.jpg

    Personally I have my own interpretations of the picture, I am curious as to others viewpoint. Do you agree it is worth the value it sold for (37 Million) or do you believe paintings that go for this much is ridiculous?


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    You might enjoy Tom Wolfe's "ThePainted Word". It's a lengthy essay available in paperback (about 100 pages long). In it, America's favorite social critic tracks the absurd evolution of a lexicon that evolved in the 60's and70's, whose only function was to justify laying out tens of millions of dollars for crap-on-canvas. Most of the artists in question were Americans marketing their wares as "abstract expressionism". Some of it was good, most wasn't. The jargon that critics, gallery owners, and academics invented to deconstruct the canvas on which they glared, say a solid black field with a blob of white paint slapped against its surface, and maybe green and yellow streaks cascading either side, was the most fantastic litany of bullshit ever invented by mankind. These esoteric diatribes could run 5000 words and take up pages and pages in "Art in America". They still do.

    And then of course there was Pierre Brassau:

    Pierre Brassau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    http://www.helencummins.com/wp-conte...o-Étoile-B.jpg

    Personally I have my own interpretations of the picture, I am curious as to others viewpoint. Do you agree it is worth the value it sold for (37 Million) or do you believe paintings that go for this much is ridiculous?
    I like it, might pay $50.00 for it. Anyway I look at it I can think of hundreds of ways to better spend 37 million dollars.

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    I don't understand how items like paintings can be valued more then society values humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    do you believe paintings that go for this much is ridiculous?
    My friend you are perfectly correct that there are many many such works of art that have no 'genuine' value to them. I say this because their value is a 'perceived' value only. It has no other worth than what someone might perceive to be worth. For example if you particularly liked the picture how difficult would it be to print off an identical copy? What might it cost you, well maybe what a £1 or £2 tops for paper and ink certainly not the 37 million of which you speak.

    Perhaps centuries ago when we didn't have the technology to copy works of art it might be understandable how the best quality might have had value, but even then the values were not as exaggerated as to the extend they are today and also the values were only for the really high quality works. Now however things have changed somewhat, despite what people may or may not believe the modern reality is that the top end of the art world has just turned into a financing operation, it's not about art it's about a name of an artist and it's about the cost of the artwork. Generally speaking the value of most art doesn't go down, this is what makes it such a good investment.

    Also it should be noted that once an artist gets noticed, doesn't really matter how, it's a licence to print money as anything then carrying the artists name will also carry a set perceived value to go with it.
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