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Jeff Stahler

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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Stupid is not limited to the poor…

  2. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years 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, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    well said.

  4. Mowog

    Mowog said, over 2 years ago

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

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    @Mowog

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

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 2 years 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.”

  7. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 2 years ago

    “My kid could do that.”

  8. MurphyHerself

    MurphyHerself said, over 2 years ago

    @Mowog

    Now THAT’s funny.

  9. MurphyHerself

    MurphyHerself said, over 2 years ago

    You guys are in fine form today. Good job.

  10. yusodum

    yusodum said, over 2 years 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.

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    Veblen.

  12. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 2 years ago

    @lonecat

    hmm. Not heard of him before. Cheers.

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 2 years 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”. :-| )

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 2 years ago

    @omQ R

    Abstract Expressionism isn’t my favorite kind of art, but I was in Chicago not long ago and I went to the Art Institute where they have a big Pollock, and I must say it’s quite a wonderful painting. It really helps to see the real thing rather than a little reproduction in a book.

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