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Jeff Stahler

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, 12 months ago

    Stupid is not limited to the poor…

  2. lonecat

    lonecat said, 12 months ago

    I understand why someone would make the painting, but I don’t understand the prices. And of course the artist isn’t the one who makes all the money. A perfect example of capitalism in action — don’t reward the work, reward the financial transaction.

  3. echoraven

    echoraven said, 12 months ago

    @lonecat

    well said.

  4. Mowog

    Mowog said, 12 months ago

    No wonder they can’t understand it. It’s hanging upside down!

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, 12 months ago

    @Mowog

    No! No! Mowog. The painting was done in landscape rotated counterclockwise.

  6. mskemple

    mskemple said, 12 months ago

    Perhaps under black light it’s a velvet Elvis – priceless!

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 12 months ago

    “I can afford to blow millions on this drop tarp left over from somebody’s garage-repainting project, and I will hang it up in my home to remind everyone how much more wealthy I am than them.”

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 12 months ago

    “My kid could do that.”

  9. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, 12 months ago

    I was in the Dayton Art Museum where they explain some of these paintings. The titles sold the paintings: the titles make clear that the paintings represent the futility of living under the certainty that, one day soon, some maniac with a nuke is going to start WWIII, and the world will probably never see 1960.

  10. MurphyHerself

    MurphyHerself said, 12 months ago

    @Mowog

    Now THAT’s funny.

  11. MurphyHerself

    MurphyHerself said, 12 months ago

    You guys are in fine form today. Good job.

  12. yusodum

    yusodum said, 12 months ago

    The BBC ran a documentary on it a while back.

    What you do is to buy a ton of M.A.Hack’s paintings for the price that they are actually worth.

    Next you buy another Hack for millions of dollars. Now your collection is ‘officially’ worth millions.

    Then you donate the collection to a museum.

    And then you deduct the value off your taxes.

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, 11 months ago

    @DrCanuck

    Veblen.

  14. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 11 months ago

    @lonecat

    hmm. Not heard of him before. Cheers.

  15. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, 11 months ago

    My father-in-law is an abstract artist, much in the mould of Rothco. So I asked my 5 year old daughter what she thought of Opa’s paintings. She simply replied that he could paint feelings. My wife “suffers” from synaesthesia; her variant being that when she reads letters of the alphabet & numerals, they are always associated with certain colours.
    I’d guess many abstract artists, or any artists for that matter, are synesthetes. Some people can smell colours, see music; why not paint feelings. Many who have this probably are unaware of it.
    I do wonder whether my daughter has a variation of it. It’d be fun. ;-)


    But to understand those who buy[i.e.“invest” in] works of art for stupid amounts of money, I think I’ll need to start reading Veblen.
    (my f-i-l’s art sells for much, much less on average. In line with the fact lonecat pointed out above: “reward the financial transaction”, not the one who made the art.
    We’re waiting for him to die to realise substantial profits on our “investments”. :-| )

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