06 June, 2021

Going about this the wrong way?

Has anyone seen this headline and article?

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/italian-artist-auctioned-off-invisible-sculpture-18300-literally-made-nothing-1976181?fbclid=IwAR3-EJ7ZYPP4H7MC9evSPDrSyPBVFuFfybxEPoKwGFCNZYVa6o0us8-ukAs

"From the department of “They sold that for how much?!” comes today’s story, about an Italian artist who, for the cool price of €15,000 ($18,300), recently auctioned an artwork that is… well, nothing.

Last month, the 67-year-old artist Salvatore Garau sold an “immaterial sculpture”—which is to say that it doesn’t exist."

Thoughts?

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6 Comments

Cheryl Garman-Andrade 15 days ago

An artist friend sent this to me the other day. Her first thought was, "I quit". I felt much the same way. Ha ha Almost as bad as fruit taped to the wall. It's reminiscent of those farts in jars sold on eBay a few years back. WTH?

Lucia Stewart 15 days ago

YES! I read this, I thought NFT's were the next big thing but apparently you can now create magical space and sell that too! I could box my aura and sell that, any takers?

Funny, Cheryl! My first words were "I give up" after I read the article.

Mark A. Lembo 14 days ago

Another write-up mentioned he was part of a punk rock band, back in the day - not that there is anything wrong with that. And, now, after reading a (1) book on quantum physics, he was expounding on the Uncertainty Principle and the 'weight of nothing.' As they say, 'it takes all kinds to fill the freeways.'

I hope everyone sticks to doing what they love!

Cheers,

Lucia Stewart 14 days ago

Each to his or her own, then! Love what you said, haha!

As they say, 'it takes all kinds to fill the freeways.'

Rick Corbett 11 days ago

I have seen this and it's just like the banana duct taped to a wall being sold for $120,000 and is being on display at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. I personally don't know how I feel...one part of me feels angry, I feel that this is a mockery. But at the same time, who I am I to judge, if this is truly someone's "art", I respect that. It also has me thinking "why am I spending 100, 200, 300 hours on a drawing when I can just take a blank piece of paper or canvas and call it, "Into the Nothingness" lol Maybe it will sell for $1,000,000.00

Mark A. Lembo 11 days ago

Still torn, as well. At first, mild outrage; then, "A fool and his money are soon parted." I guess if you have $18K to buy a good story for your next cocktail party, then you must be doing something right. I guess it's just the game being played at a whole different level.

Upward and onward. Keep at it. Have fun.

Cheers, MAL

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