Friday, December 7, 2007
I need a bit more time to get the recipe for the bread together with the photos, so I decided to do a post that I've been thinking about for a few weeks.
You know how every once in a while, we read news stories about people finding paintings in the trash or a dusty attic? They sound like urban art legends that we fall for time after time. But they actually do happen. I always start fantasizing about it happening to me and how great it would feel to write a check to pay off my student loans. Then I start thinking about the nature of something's worth. Why are these pieces worth so much when others are not? What makes them art? And valuable art at that.
Is something art just because someone says it's art? I created this piece above. Is it art? Would anyone want to buy it? Is something art more because of who created it than by its intrinsic nature? I'm just a random person. But what if we found out that it was actually created by Andy Warhol when he was messing around one day in his youth? Would that change how we see this picture?
People in the serious art community talked about it for decades. Sotheby's searched for it, but gave up and figured it was one of those urban art legends. Now suddenly it has turned up here! The first priceless art piece ever found on a blog! You are the first people to see it. How much would it go for? Imagine the emails in my inbox to put it up for auction. Ah, the fantasy...
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