Coming from a person that thinks art is everything, everywhere.. who buys this crap? I probably have the most varied taste in art that I know of, but I still shake my head when I see some of the contemporary art auctions at Chris-theby’s. I can appreciate a Damien Hirst spot painting, a Jeff Koons balloon sculpture, and a Tracey Emin neon sign, but even I have my limits. I love ugly art, childish art, offensive art, and stupid art. I wouldn’t hang any of these on my wall though.
From an upcoming “Contemporary Curated” auction at Sotheby’s which is curated by 4 so called taste makers: Jason Rubell, Tamara Mellon, James Frey and Adam Fields.
Adam McEwen – UNTITLED TEXT MSG (STEVE) – Estimate $18,000 — 22,000.
Sylvie Fleury – HOW TO SMUGGLE CAVIAR – Estimate $5,000 — 7,000
H.C. Westermann – DUST PAN, 30/3 (AMERICAN WALNUT) – Estimate $6,000 — 8,000. I would suggest checking the hardware store before bidding on this one. You might be able to pick up a dust pan AND brush for slightly less than 6 grand.
Tom Sachs – BRILLO BOX – Estimate $15,000 — 20,000. I almost like this one, but Andy did it first. Boring.
McDermott and McDough – PLEASE DON’T STOP, 1965 – Estimate $15,000 — 20,000. Graphic designers everywhere would be stabbing their eyes looking at this one.
Jacob Kassay – UNTITLED – Estimate $30,000 — 40,000. I had to throw a minimalist in. Let’s all agree to stop painting canvases in one plain color. It’s been done already.
Rineke Dijkstra – GOLNI BRIGADE, ELYACIM, ISRAEL, MAY 26, 1999 – Estimate $18,000 — 25,000. Looks like a hard day at the office, out shooting at kids armed with rocks.
Mike Kelley and Bob Flanagan – MORE LOVE THAN CAN EVER BE REPAID – Estimate $30,000 — 50,000. A lot of art collectors seem to have shit fetishes, so artists accommodate them. I wish they wouldn’t.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller – FEEDBACK – Estimate $15,000 — 20,000. I’m pretty sure you could pick up a cheaper version of this work at a music store.
Seriously, artists should stop taking advantage of rich folk. If they weren’t so rich I would almost feel sorry for some art collectors.