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Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 2, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
This "Masterpiece" was recently on display at the LACMA. Imagine what a genius salesman you'd have to be to land a commission to "create" such master works.

But this was only starting to get good . . .

Early last month, rumors began circulating that the original "trifecta" of canvasses had been swapped out with some phonies that a janitor bought at Blue Rooster Art Supplies, over on Vermont. But the originals were later recovered. However, insofar as said originals were also purchased at the Blue Rooster, and the canvasses had been mixed together in the "restoration" process, it was unsure if the pedigree of the originals could be confirmed with any certainty.

The original experience has been fatally compromised, said one curator, since no one is certain anymore of exactly what they are looking at - a genuine masterwork, or a baloney.


A long way from where I started
Apr 2, 2012 - 11:29pm PT
The left-hand and center canvases are obviously the work of the master, while that piece of garbage on the right was equally obviously substituted in by some imposter.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Apr 2, 2012 - 11:31pm PT
Is it some sort of performance art, where the 'art' is that the canvases were swapped around, and nobody could tell? Mocking decadent bourgeois values or something?

Apr 2, 2012 - 11:37pm PT
A visual take on Cage's 4'33"

Trad climber
the pitch above you
Apr 2, 2012 - 11:39pm PT
Call me crazy but I love sh#t like this. It remindes me of KLF and Bill Drummond's stuff.

I'm too lazy to type out this story so I lifted it from wikipedia:

In 1995, Drummond bought A Smell of Sulphur in the Wind by Richard Long, for $20,000. In Drummond’s own words, he ‘fell in love with Richard Long’s work because’ “it was art by walking and doing things on his walks.” Five years later, Drummond felt that he was no longer "getting his money's worth" from the photograph. He decided to try to sell it by placing a series of placards around the country. When this failed to result in its sale, in 2001 he cut the photograph and mounting card into 20,000 pieces to sell for $1 each. His plan, upon retrieving the $20,000 in cash, is to walk with it to the remote place in Iceland where Richard Long had made the photograph and bury it in a box beneath the stone circle. He will then take his own photograph of the site, bring it home, frame it, hang it in the same place in his bedroom where the Richard Long hung, and call the new work The Smell of Money Underground. Drummond's books How to be an Artist and a later soft-bound edition titled $20,000 recounts this story.

I bought 2 pieces and have them framed. I think they are great, despite being tiny little homogeneously colored squares.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 2, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
Mr Largo, unless I am grossly mistaken those look like the provenance documents for LACMA's new 'rock art'.

Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Apr 2, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
There was a piece on 60 Minutes last night about modern contemporary art and the boom it's going through right now. They showed a piece by a Korean artist that was basically a sort of tripod rack thing draped with a bunch of colored extension cords. Three or four lightbulbs (lit) hung in the mess as well and some of them looked like they'd been braided and such.

Price: $33,000

At one point there was some lady that was on the board of the Guggenheim who was discussing the nature of some crazy piece or other. Whatever she saw was entirely in her own head (IMO).

Again IMO...
What a bunch of sh*t. Emperor's new clothes taken to the extreme. From what I can see, the biggest qualities you can bring to the table as a contemporary artist is a complete lack of inhibition and the ability to keep a straight face.

Trad climber
Spokane, WA
Apr 2, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
Remember "conceptual art"? "The gallery will be closed during the exhibit." There is no content, just irony and artifice. Oh, and piles of $hit.

Apr 3, 2012 - 12:01am PT

There used to be band many years ago and the leader of that rock band came out on stage and took a sh!t on the stage and called it art.

With that kind of dumb ass definition one can call anything art.

But art should be able to transport and transcend itself beyond the mundane and capture the heart and soul?


Trad climber
New England
Apr 3, 2012 - 12:06am PT
I climbed a route that looked exactly like this once ...

Social climber
Apr 3, 2012 - 12:32am PT
I think this might be the one instance I am more well read than John Long.

Unless the conversation shifts to DotA.

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Apr 3, 2012 - 02:45am PT

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Apr 3, 2012 - 03:34am PT
The original experience has been fatally compromised, said one curator, since no one is certain anymore of exactly what they are looking at - a genuine masterwork, or a baloney.

That is one curator with a good sense of humour!

Also, isn't that the same museum that is spending millions on a "sculpture" that is just a large granite boulder that doubtlessly looked better in its original position?

Here is my submission for the museum:


Apr 3, 2012 - 04:06am PT

I believe the story was called "The Emperor's New Clothes" when I was in elementary school.

Sport climber
Apr 3, 2012 - 05:33am PT
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Social climber
Apr 3, 2012 - 06:28am PT
Too much!!!
Take a close look at that shot.
The idiots have hung them in the wrong order!


Sport climber
Apr 3, 2012 - 07:00am PT
Not to mention that there are three, a trinity. If there had been only one or zero we would have had a chance to study the simultaneous oneness and difference of The One, Zero. The simplicity of the one and the non-physical complexity of the zero. The zero non-thing that make the whole difference when added to the one. And still the same, zero. The oneness of difference and the same. Am I a prophet?

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Apr 3, 2012 - 07:11am PT
when you close your eyes,
is the resulting sphere of darkness uniform?

is it balanced?
or does it bulge out on one side?

is it less dark in the middle,
than on its edges?

every day we gawk and blink in awe
at the magnificence of color, texture, depth
and nudity that decorates our field of vision.

but who in their right mind
notices the improbable beauty
of a naked nothing?

Gym climber
Apr 3, 2012 - 07:35am PT
Clearly a rip-off of Malevich's Suprematistic works, esp “White on white”. Or am I missing something?

Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
Apr 3, 2012 - 11:56am PT
Like all great art it's what you read into it!
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