This is called “THE RAT CATCHER OF HAMLIN” by Mark Bradford – a appropriate title I think, fitting the contemporary art market. It was sold for close to $4.7 million at Phillips

I think Mark Bradford had his tongue firmly in his cheek, and was laughing all the way to the bank.

It appears to follow a historical line of put-ons and spoofs that to this day the market is taking seriously, such as Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain a 100 years ago…….


or Piero Manzoni’s Merda d’artista in 1961…..

In other words, if you must see the best that Modern Art has to offer, you must visit the Tate.
And while Saatchi had first dibs on Hirst’s Shark, the Tate nevertheless proudly presents a piece that also came out of Damien Hirst’s animal art factory: Mother and Child Divided ……

 and yes, he has a factory that produces this stuff!

 Inside Damien Hirst’s macabre ‘art’ factory: Huge site has its own guards… and building just for pickling dead animals

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Fast forward to artnetNews to see how bizarre the market is today:

artnet News Names the 100 Most Collectible Living Artists

There are only a handful of artists that dominate the market.

Is this the best of our culture that we can show future generations?


~ by ottorapp on October 26, 2016.

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