I never realized how big that mcginness was. What's the diameter on that and I assume you were able to get it repaired?
It's 48 inches diameter. The restoration was absolutely top class. Only the sub frame got damaged thankfully but they literally stitched the fabric of the MDF back together so the only visible sign of the damage is a hairline of glue on the reverse of the piece. Apart from that it's as if nothing ever happened.
You mean the fruit piece? It's actually a kobacha squash, plantains and a watermelon! But yes it is magnificent. I think with his painted photographs you need to look past the figurative aspects and view them as abstracts. That's when they really start to make sense. His use of colour is masterful.
Surely I'm not alone in having been given the third degree by a gallery? And to have been subjected to a load of theatrics designed to make them feel in control and you feel extremely grateful to be given the opportunity? And to have been made to feel that it must be your lucky day as you are one of the chosen few being given exclusive access? And to have been told outright that discounts will not be offered due to the huge demand that you are privileged to have been chosen over? Surely not?
The stupid thing is that none of the above stops art from falling into the wrong hands but you just have to put up with it. I'm waiting for the day when I'm asked for a urine sample and psychometric profile.
And more often than not, that perceived demand comes entirely from members of this forum, which means we're effectively shooting ourselves in the foot and unintentionally making work more expensive for ourselves (John Houck being a good example).
Makes me wonder how art was purchased or "hyped" before the internet.
I think the whole business model was in essence the same before internet. Certain people/gallerists/tastemakers/etc notice an artist. Then they introduce them throughout their circle through word of mouth and people with money who support the arts buy the work. I think the internet has just expedited all of this and if anything, creates a bit more of a perceived demand and in turn makes collectors feel they need to move a little quicker in order to seize the "opportunity" given to them. While the internet does one hell of a job of spreading information far and wide at a rapid pace, it also does what Afro alluded to in his earlier post...it can tend to push up prices for no particular reason and often times too quick.
and to bring things back to Afro's collection thread...the Burnout is great along with the rest of your recent additions and collection in general.
Thanks for also posting the in situ shot. Those look great in juxtaposition, not just because the royal purple and the turquoise complement each other well, but also in how they are each playing on a different concept of roundness: the tight, uniformity of the circles in the Darmstaedter vs. the loose, loopy ones in the Falls.
I'm a particular fan of the Darmstaedter penny piece. It's a creative idea, and the varied saturation of copper bleed on the canvas gives it a great pattern and depth behind the mosaic like uniformity of the ghosted pennies.