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Klimt for $135 million.

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by LabelKing, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. skalogre

    skalogre Well-Known Member

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    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 [​IMG] . 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.
     
  2. SGladwell

    SGladwell Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. ATM

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    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.
     
  4. mnemonic

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    personally i like schiele better than klimt, but i admire the decandent/disturbing/mosaic quality of klimt.
     
  5. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. SGladwell

    SGladwell Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  7. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    I'm pulling a Thomas Crown on this one:

    [​IMG]
     
  8. stach

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    Is that a Bacon?
     
  9. imageWIS

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    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.
     
  10. Lucky Strike

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    Is that a Bacon?
    Otto Dix
     
  11. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    Is that a Bacon?
    The Portrait of Journalist Sylvia von Harden by Otto Dix.
     
  12. bryce330

    bryce330 Well-Known Member

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    I like the painting but the price does seem shockingly high, considering that most Van Goghs only go for about 40-50 million (although I think there was one a few years ago that went for $80 mill) and the last Vermeer to come on the market sold for only $30 million.

    Then again, it's hard to say any work of art is "overpriced" since it is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. According to one of the articles I read, there were other parties who were prepared to pay even more but the family felt that the Neue Galerie would be the perfect place for the painting.
     
  13. stach

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    It's also a sad commentary on the value of the dollar plus too few prople all coveting the same kind of object.
     
  14. designprofessor

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