Art, Bad Idea, Crazy Sauce, Wasting Money, Weird
Performance Artist Eats ‘Banana Duct-Taped To Wall’ Artwork That Sold For $120Kby Shifra on December 8, 2019
As if this story was not bizarre enough: Several days ago, artist Maurizio Cattelan (who also constructed the six million dollar golden toilet stolen from Winston Churchill’s family home) duct-taped a banana to a gallery wall at Art Basel Miami, and the “work of art” was sold for $120,000. And now, this: Via Miami Herald. ….By now you have probably heard of the now world-famous banana duct-taped to Emmanuel Perrotin’s outer gallery wall at Art Basel Miami Beach. The piece that sold to an art collector for $120,000. The $120,000 banana — a real, rather ripe and edible one — is the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and titled “Comedian.” The work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, and...
Street Artist Sabo Strikes Again: And Oscar For Biggest Pedophile Goes To…by Shifra on March 4, 2018
Adding my response to Tammy’s tweet: I too will not be watching the Academy Awards. Hey, the dryer doesn’t remove lint by itself! As we approach Sunday, my feelings about watching the #Oscars have evolved to the more emphatic nope, nope, nopety nope nope. https://t.co/swsD02G7cU — Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) March 3, 2018 Via Hollywood Reporter. The conservative provocateur who calls himself Sabo took aim at Hollywood days before the Academy Awards. With a nod to the Oscar-nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, conservative street artist Sabo has hijacked three billboards in Hollywood to attack the entertainment industry for allegedly shielding pedophiles…. “And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to …” reads one sign. Another says, “We all knew and still...
Obamas’ Portraits Unveiled… and Mocked on Twitterby Shifra on February 12, 2018
Maybe the green represents the billions in pallets of cash sent to Iran? Via The Hill. Social media users on Monday reacted to the unveiling of former President Barack Obama’s portrait. Twitter users questioned the inspiration behind the portrait, with some comparing the portrait to a GIF of Homer Simpson disappearing into a bush and another Twitter user likening the portrait to a picture of Beyoncé…. Obama’s portrait was painted by artist Kehinde Wiley. Obama is shown with flowers in the background, which are meant to symbolize a number of places. The chrysanthemums are the official flower of Chicago, where Obama began his political career. His childhood home of Hawaii is represented by jasmine, and African blue lilies serve as...
NYT Art Critics Blame Museum Price Hike on ‘Ruling Class,’ ‘Jim Crow’by Shifra on January 9, 2018
NYC’s Metropolitan Museum is losing money, so they’ve begun charging a mandatory admission to non-residents of the city. The moronic, er, esteemed NYT art critics are blaming racism, elitism, and anti-immigration prejudice. But hey, why not throw in Climate Change for good measure? Via NewsBusters. New York Times art critics Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith reacted with horror, and socialist tropes, to news that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, struggling with low admission revenue, was making its “suggested fee” of $25 mandatory for non-New Yorkers: “The Museum Should Be Open to All.” It’s surprising how much left-wing political juice is expanded beneath that benign headline. Holland Cotter led off: Loopy as it may sound, on principle I believe...
L.A. Artist Trolls Golden Globes with ‘We All Knew’ Postersby Shifra on January 7, 2018
Bravo once again, Sabo 🙂 Via American Mirror. Hollywood elites attending the latest self-congratulating awards ceremony will also get a rude reminder: That they “all knew” about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged predatory behavior. L.A. street artist Sabo posted several pieces of art around Rodeo Drive, just in time for Sunday’s Golden Globes awards show….
France Outraged As Berlin ‘Martyrs’ Installation Includes Bataclan Killerby Shifra on December 5, 2017
‘Perfect” for Tammy’s sequel to ‘The Death of Right and Wrong’ Via Guardian. A Berlin art installation dedicated to “martyrs” has prompted outrage by including one of the Paris jihadist attackers alongside the likes of Martin Luther King and Socrates, with the French embassy calling the display “deeply shocking”. The so-called Martyr Museum by a Danish art collective shows the portraits of 20 people throughout history who “died for their convictions” accompanied by short biographies. The exhibition includes an image of French jihadist Ismael Omar Mostefai, one of three gunmen and suicide bombers who stormed the Bataclan concert venue in Paris in 2015, killing 90 people…. Also sharing a wall with US civil rights icon King and Greek philosopher Socrates...
L.A. Artist Sabo Slams Al Franken With ‘Greatest Groper’ Billboardby Shifra on November 30, 2017
Gotta love Sabo! Via Washington Times. Conservative street artist Sabo altered an ad for the upcoming film starring Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman. A giant image of Sen. Al Franken grabbing at a half-naked woman greeted rush-hour commuters on a packed Los Angeles freeway early Thursday. The billboard came courtesy of Sabo, a conservative street artist known for skewering Hollywood with fake advertisements aimed at celebrities. “This hit cost me about a $1,000 out of pocket,” he wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. “I obviously can’t crowd fund these projects so donations via [my main] site at http://www.unsavoryagents.com are much appreciated.”…. Sixth Woman Accuses Sen. Al Franken of Sexual Misconduct
Trump’s Empire State Building Doodle Fetches $16,000by Tammy on October 23, 2017
I love this because you know it’s gotta be driving the Trump Derangement Syndrome crowd nuts. And it’s a nice little drawing! Via Reuters. George W. Bush famously turned to portrait painting as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, encouraged by the recent sale of his drawing of New York City’s Empire State Building for $16,000? It is not the first time a Trump doodle sold for a serious sum: A 2005 sketch of the New York skyline – with Trump Tower at the center – sold for more than $29,000 in July… The picture, which carries Trump’s signature, dates to 1995 when Trump owned a stake in the iconic...
‘Mona Lisa Nude Sketch’ Found in Franceby Tammy on September 29, 2017
Neat! Via BBC. A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says. The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. But experts have found enough clues to suggest the artist worked on both. After tests at the Louvre Museum in Paris, curators believe the sketch is “at least in part” by Leonardo. It has been held since 1862 in the collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum at the Palace of Chantilly, north of the French capital. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the great painters of...
Hillary’s Confetti for Planned ‘Historic Victory’ Finds New Life… in Giant Snow Globeby Shifra on July 16, 2017
Because…art! Or something… Via The Hill. An artist based in St. Louis channeled her emotions on the night of the presidential election into an idea for a new project: a snow globe making use of the decorations that Hillary Clinton would have used for a celebration had she won the 2016 presidential election. Now, pieces of the confetti flutter inside a window of the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis 24 hours a day behind white letters reading “And Still I Rise,” the title of a Maya Angelou poem. Bunny Burson, the artist behind the exhibit, said she chose the Angelou poem because it shared the name of a focus group for young women whom she wanted to be inspired...
Feds Grant $30K For Idiotic Performance, Er, Conceptual Art ‘Doggie Hamlet’by Shifra on December 21, 2016
$30,000 of our tax dollars for actors to run around a field with some sheep and a dog. The NYT says “Ann Carlson is a conceptual artist who uses gesture, text, and humor to break your heart.” Well, it is heartbreaking, when you think what $30K could have done to help our veterans. Via Free Beacon. “Doggie Hamlet is a full-length outdoor performance spectacle that weaves dance, music, visual and theatrical elements with aspects from competitive sheep herding trials,” writes Elsie Management, a firm that promotes the performing arts. “The work is performed by four dancers, one boy, one American Sign Language interpreter, two herding dogs and a flock of sheep in a 30 x 50 foot fenced field.” “Doggie...
DC Uses Tax Dollars to Install Art Honoring Hillary As ‘Beacon of Dignity and Guiding Light’by Shifra on December 8, 2016
Hillary as a beacon of dignity and guiding light? Well, except for those “damn emails,” four dead Americans in Benghazi, then lying to their families, lying to the FBI, putting our national security at risk, having contempt for half the American population, accepting millions of dollars from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State, defending a child rapist… Yeah, I guess so. Via Free Beacon. The District of Columbia’s most prestigious neighborhood used tax money to commission a work of art honoring Hillary Clinton. The artwork, titled “Red, White, and Hillary Blue Diamonds,” consists of five aluminum frames illuminated by LED lights. The diamond-shaped structures are installed in three locations, where they serve “as gateways into Georgetown.” The installations...
Hillary’s Entire Agenda Explained in One Cartoonby Tammy on July 9, 2016
As they say, one picture, or cartoon in our case, is worth a thousand words.
Antiques Roadshow Expert Mistakenly Values School Art Project For $50Kby Shifra on May 12, 2016
That awkward moment when a worthless piece of garbage is compared to a Picasso… Via Independent. Alvin Barr, an antiques broker from South Carolina, presented a glazed ‘grotesque face’ jug for appraisal in a recent episode of the show’s US version after finding it “covered with dirt, straw and chicken droppings” at a Eugene, Oregon estate sale. “It speaks to me. It was saying: ‘I’m very unusual’, ‘I’m very different’,” he said, adding that he paid $300 dollars for it. Much to Barr’s surprise, appraiser Stephen L Fletcher became excited by the item and began likening it to the masterpieces of Pablo Picasso. He dated the jug to the late 19th century and priced it at between $30,000 and $50,000....
Tourist In Portugal Takes Selfie… And Smashes Priceless 126-Year-Old Statueby Shifra on May 9, 2016
Oops. Via Telegraph. One wonders how future generations will look back on the dawn of ‘selfie’ photography, the ubiquitous habit that seems to increasingly play a role in all walks of modern life, from politics to travel. Presumably not favourably, if its impact on human behaviour stays its course. The most recent evidence of it is a young man who climbed the façade of the Rossio train station in Lisbon to take a selfie with a statue of once-ruler of Portugal Dom Sebastiao, only to knock over the free-standing sculpture over and watch it shatter on the ground below. The 24-year-old, who has not been named by police, attempted to flee the scene but was stopped by officers and is...