Typically, I don’t do back-to-back auction posts but there are extenuating circumstances. Some of the galleries at Christie’s were vacated after an auction last week so they put more pieces on display from this week’s Post-War and Contemporary Art auction. Here are a few more high (low?) lights and one piece that I found deeply offensive and depressing.
This frivolity is by Maurizio Cattelan.
Frank and Jamie. $1,500,000–2,500,000
Sold for $965,000. What a deal!
This was good for a laugh but, again, I have to wonder about the practicality of a piece like this. Where would you put it? In the foyer? The estimate may provide the biggest laugh.
But this isn’t the one that offended me.
This beauty is by British bad boy (no, not Banksy) Damian Hirst
Sold for $1,205,000
I saw one of these in the Cleveland Museum of Art over the summer. A security guard yelled at me for taking a picture of it. You know what is is made of, don’t you? Butterfly wings.
Thousands and thousands of butterfly wings. He breeds them specifically for these pieces. Here’s the center.
The materials used are listed as “…butterflies and household gloss on canvas mounted on panel.” Here’s another piece that’s smaller.
Psalm 28: Ad Te, Domine. $150,000–200,000
Sold for $305,000
And the detail.
They’re beautiful but cruel. Yet, they didn’t offended me.
This sculpture is by Antony Gormley and I loved it.
Domain LXVI. $400,000–600,000
Sold for $545,000
There’s something about the way it stood in a pool of light and glistened when you walked by that really worked for me. It somehow manages the trick of being both slight and powerful at the same time. Obviously, this isn’t the one that offended me.
I was offended by this.
3-Meter Girl. $2,000,000–3,000,000
DID NOT SELL. Of course, it didn’t.
Horrible. This ugly objectification of women is courtesy of Takashi Murakami. Do you know how you’re supposed to respect other cultures and not criticize what they might consider art? That it’s okay to not like something, but to condemn is it in poor taste? Well, in the words of Le Clown, fuck that noise. Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with Japanese men? They seem to have a proclivity towards sex-up little girls. Do they feel threatened and intimidated by adult women?
All I kept thinking was that I’ve got two beautiful daughters at home and how, no matter what age, I wouldn’t want them looking at this. I wondered what it would do to their body image and self esteem.
Or, do I just need to lighten up? Go ahead. You can tell me. I can take it. I do like how this last photo came out, though. Good composition and shadowing.