Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Mona Lisa Curse

I thought I would post a wonderful documentary by Time Magazine art critic Robert Hughes. It is a fascinating and depressing look into the contemporary art market that has led to piles of shallow art and armies of ignorant art collectors only concerned with making money on the investment. You will meet one of these intellectually asleep collectors in part 11. I have posted all 12 parts below.

As a painter today I am trying to figure out how to survive in today's market. Honestly, I am not sure what to do with this information just yet. The only idea I have come up with involves building a time machine to go back to the late 19th century, but that seems like a lot of work. 

A more realistic idea is to keep painting with the idea of creating beauty that will hopefully connect with people. I also hope to win the lottery.

After you finish this series, I suggest you also watch Hughes series called American Visions, also on YouTube.


Anonymous said...

do i have to watch all that stuff? can't you just give us a summary? i mean, isn't this what you're here for anyway, to wade through all these things for us, so we won't have to?

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Wow! That seemed harsh. I was just going to say thanks for posting it. I wouldn't have heard about it. (I'm hoping to win the lottery too!! ha!)