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I've argued with friends over abstract art. I have no problem if that's your thing and you like it. But don't try to analyze it. And don't tell me it takes talent to create.

If I'm sitting in Carl's Jr and see it on the wall, fine. But if I see it in your living room, and you tell me you paid 50 grand for it, I'm gonna call you an idiot. If you tell me the blue paint was used because the artist was depressed, or the swirls because of...yadda yadda yadda...you're an even bigger idiot.

I once debated the art critic at the Union-Tribune over abstract art, via email. He tried to say the same thing other art lovers and critics say, but like all of them, they can't explain to you what it is that expensive pieces have, or ones created by a Pollock or Kadinsky, that ones created by a kid don't have.

The new movie/documentary MY KID COULD PAINT THAT, is something everyone should see, and has pondered these questions.

Some idiots in that film paid 10 grand for a 4-year olds creation. And, there's speculation that it's her dad that created them (and if it is...why should that matter, if you thought the piece was wonderful before?).

This reminds me of two things. When Howard Stern once made fun of his newscaster for buying a Pollack for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and her explaining his paintings moved her. He then painted one, that she couldn't tell the difference between the "artists".

The other story happened years ago, and I just thought about it. A drawing was found, believed to be a Van Gogh. It was a lions head. Price Club/Costco, which got into selling high priced art, sold this for about $48,000. A month later, it was discovered that this wasn't created by Van Gogh.

Costco decided to give the buyer their money back. Well, guess what? The couple decided they liked this 6" x 8" drawing, so they kept it instead.

Now this is stupid on so many levels. First...if you do like it, well, make a copy of it at Kinkos. And get your money back for the original. Or, hire an artist to re-draw the picture exactly as it is. Pay the artist $1,000 (I know plenty that would do it), and you're $47,000 richer.

But, in the abstract art world, you don't necessarily have art lovers. You have investors. You have schemers.

And, you have kindergarten kids creating masterpieces.

Why didn't I save any of my old paint by numbers? Hell, I bet my mom would've saved some of those macaroni things I did on construction paper in 1st grade. They'd be worth millions by now.

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For me its simple when it comes to art. I either like a piece or I don't, irrespective of who its by or how much its worth. Its one of the few things which is pretty black and white for me.

Oct. 24, 2007

The first paper I had to write in college had to do with art. The professor asked the question "Is all art propaganda?" And in your paper, you had to answer the question. Personally, I can care less about art...no matter who paints it or what it's worth. And to answer the question quickly, yeah, I think all art has a hidden agenda...meaning I don't get it!! ;-)

Oct. 25, 2007

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