Saturday, November 5, 2011

No Kidding

Unsophisticated swine that I am, I prefer realistic art.  Something I can look at, and know what it is.  Or what it's supposed to be.  And - crazy, I know - I like art that's pleasing to look at, in one way or another.  So Yahoo's news feed caught me off guard.  A piece of art, worth a million dollars, ruined.  Ruined!

That's terrible!  What could it be?

No, it's not whatever is hanging on the wall behind those old boards.  They are the art.  Yes, that is modern art by the late Martin Kibbenberger, titled When It Starts Dripping From the Ceiling

No, I'm not kidding.

He painted this plastic tub at the bottom to look like dirty water had dripped into it, off the pieces of wood.

And got a million bucks for it.  Genius.

Until - whoops! - apparently, "an overzealous cleaner ruined it"; mistaking it for "an eyesore that needed a good scrub."

The museum that had this piece of art on loan is distraught.  Horrified.  In fact, a spokesperson lamented that, "it is now impossible to return it to its original state."

Get out!

Come on over to my garage, and I can fix you up for a bargain price.


leah said...

I am getting a good chuckle out of this one - I don't like that sort of art, so it probably was better after the cleaning, lol!

I think I'm going to make an art installment called Everything Gets Cloroxed and sell it for a cool $1 million.

Felicity said...

I'm in with you, Julie! I'm so uncultured I even prefer poetry that rhymes...!

Luke said...

That made me laugh. I find myself with you on this kind of thing.

...however, I have several relatives who are artists, and they have been able to teach me to have slightly more respect for art and the kinds of things these types of artists are doing.

Still, a million bucks? Yeah.

Some interesting documentaries, if you're interested:
"My Kid Could Paint That"
"Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time"
"Exit Through the Gift Shop"


Ann said...

Wow. That definitely made me laugh!! And I'm with you, Julie - I'm not a big modern art fan.

The dB family said...

Ohhh dear!! I guess it's a good thing I don't often read the news. Crazy what people will spend their money on and get upset about. I'm with you. I'm sure I can find the artist a nicely worn in bucket in my garage.