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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
It's gold!

It's painted in gold?

Jon.
post #17 of 34
A good article on the sale ran on Slate:

http://www.slate.com/id/2144092/
post #18 of 34
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by chorse123
A good article on the sale ran on Slate:

http://www.slate.com/id/2144092/
This article was very traditional in the vein of Walter Benjamin, and other "decadent" theorists.
post #19 of 34
Interesting. Especially for a Klimt work that is rather, well, pedestrian (The Kiss is even worse). I'd say Lauder was ripped off but, hey, he's got enough money to get afford getting ripped off...
post #20 of 34
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Originally Posted by skalogre
Interesting. Especially for a Klimt work that is rather, well, pedestrian (The Kiss is even worse). I'd say Lauder was ripped off but, hey, he's got enough money to get afford getting ripped off...

What do you consider pedestrian about the Kiss? Like him or not (I like him, but not enough to pay for that), I can hardly see calling any Klimt work pedestrian, since he's one of the very few artists that you can look at just about any noteworthy painting he's done and immediately identify it as distinctly his.
post #21 of 34
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Originally Posted by aybojs
What do you consider pedestrian about the Kiss? Like him or not (I like him, but not enough to pay for that), I can hardly see calling any Klimt work pedestrian, since he's one of the very few artists that you can look at just about any noteworthy painting he's done and immediately identify it as distinctly his.

Let me rephrase this. He does indeed have an identifiable style, however I think the upper echelons of art in which his works are often placed are not the correct fit. As is that price . This is a matter of perception partially, I understand that, I am not a fan of those works of his that are commonly touted as his masterpieces. I really think however that in his portfolio he has other more interesting works that do deserve lavish attention. I am at work right now, my wife has a few books on his art that show some of the more interesting pieces.
post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
Yeah, I mean a Van Gogh I could understand, but this? No.

I'd rather have this painting than (or any number of other Klimit or Schiele works) than anything van Gogh did, so I understand it just fine.

And yes, much of the "paint" on it is solid gold.
post #23 of 34
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Originally Posted by skalogre
I'd say Lauder was ripped off but, hey, he's got enough money to get afford getting ripped off...
I'm sure he's enjoying the publicity and probably considers it part of what his money bought.
post #24 of 34
personally i like schiele better than klimt, but i admire the decandent/disturbing/mosaic quality of klimt.
post #25 of 34
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Originally Posted by SGladwell
I'd rather have this painting than (or any number of other Klimit or Schiele works) than anything van Gogh did, so I understand it just fine.

And yes, much of the "paint" on it is solid gold.

Have you seen a van Gogh in person? Or even better: a Rembrandt!

Jon.
post #26 of 34
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Originally Posted by imageWIS
Have you seen a van Gogh in person? Or even better: a Rembrandt!
Obviously. I'm not some untraveled and uncultured rube, you know. I just much prefer the aesthetic of the Wiener Jugendstil, and from a historian's perspective I can think of no other time or place that fascinates me more than fin de siècle/prewar K-u-K Vienna. You owe it to yourself to take a flight up to NYC and view this fantastic painting for yourself at the Neue Gallarie once it's installed.
post #27 of 34
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I'm pulling a Thomas Crown on this one:

post #28 of 34
Is that a Bacon?
post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by SGladwell
Obviously. I'm not some untraveled and uncultured rube, you know.

I just much prefer the aesthetic of the Wiener Jugendstil, and from a historian's perspective I can think of no other time or place that fascinates me more than fin de siècle/prewar K-u-K Vienna.

You owe it to yourself to take a flight up to NYC and view this fantastic painting for yourself at the Neue Gallarie once it's installed.

I've been wanting to go to NYC for a while now, but ever time I seem to be ready to go, I go somewhere else instead.

I never said you were uncultured on un-traveled, I merely asked a yes / no question.

Jon.
post #30 of 34
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Originally Posted by stach
Is that a Bacon?
Otto Dix
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