This is the most brilliant work of performance art I’ve ever heard of. Surely the value of the piece is doubled. The buyer should take the whole thing, half shredded, frame and all, and mount that in a bigger frame.
Dude named "Banksy", famous for his stencil street art/social commentary, makes painting of one of his graffities. Value of painting rises to over $1M US. Painting is in custom frame, installed with hidden shredder. As soon as painting is sold at auction, shredder turns on and destroys the painting. Basically, a major FU for spending that much money on a "stupid painting". At least, that's how I understand it, and think it's fantastic.
It seems weird that a person bids on it, the hammer falls and you win the bid. But before you get your hands on it and take possession of it, the damage is done but you own it.
I would think that the auction house would own it, as the high bidder would seem to have the right to not bear the cost for the negligence of the holding company.
But this all could have been contrived?
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."~Sir Adrian
Post by Legend Lover on Oct 7, 2018 3:24:36 GMT -5
I know nothing about art, but I reckon that because the thing is only half-shredded, if the people are careful, they could remount the whole thing, like has been suggested...and art being art, I'm sure whether shredded or not, the owner is happy for owning a Banksy...why else would you pay over a million pounds for a drawing that most teenagers could do?
Post by simnettpratt on Oct 7, 2018 5:28:32 GMT -5
I think it's pretty cool he went to the trouble of making a shredder frame that activated remotely. It sure got folks talking about it, even those on an eclectic pipe smoking forum. I doubt someone who can afford a million dollars for a picture they were going to hang next to the Seurat in their chateau on the Loire will be too put out by the shredding, and might even be delighted by it.
What I do find annoying, is the gushing praises of the 'art cogniscenti' for this multi-million dollar selling piece of absolute shite:
An edgy guy selling a million dollar pic that then shreds itself, I find pretty cool.
It wasn't totally shredded, only about half which is hanging down from the frame. Since the artist designed and intended it, there's no reason to consider it destroyed. More like enhanced or completed post-purchase. I think it's pretty hilarious. In contrast to other British conceptual artists (Damien Hurst, Tracy Emin) Banksy is clever, talented, and inventive. And the points he makes are a lot more sophisticated and relevant to the world as opposed to the insular little art world.