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Strangely beautiful

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Wanda_the_Wonder, May 24, 2020.

  1. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter


    I bought (sadly online) a framed print of this painting last week. A departure for me. Usually I'm a Constable or Turner girl; at least when it comes to paintings hung in Chez Wanda. It is by Jean Michel Basquiat. I find it strangely beautiful.
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  2. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    When I get out of the shower and catch a glimpse of my bum in the mirror it looks better than that.
  3. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Thank goodness you only wasted your money on a print and not the original!
    emilystrange likes this.
  4. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Yes. This artist was promoted (sadly) well beyond his capabilities (at the time) - ending badly. The Eighties was a period of some truly dreadul art (amongst one or two exceptions).
    nomad likes this.
  5. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    The original would have cost many millions.
  6. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    The more interesting work from this era was in the realm of photography/video installations and environments - the Cambridge based artist Pavel Buchler excelling in both:

    Such is the stupidity of the "art" market.
  7. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Well I suspect it is one of Jean-Michel Basquiat's works, so you will be correct.
  8. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, certainly it's not something I would buy or put on the wall if someone gave it to me.
    sunshineneeded likes this.
  9. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    There's no accounting for taste
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  10. MyOrchid

    MyOrchid Established commenter

    Was it painted in Barnard Castle a little while back?
  11. physicsfanboy

    physicsfanboy Occasional commenter

    You just got something right. Where's Kandahar and what have you done with him?
    Jamvic likes this.
  12. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    It looks like a GCSE art project.
    sunshineneeded likes this.
  13. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    Many of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s paintings are in some way autobiographical, and Untitled may be considered a form of self-portraiture. The skull here exists somewhere between life and death. The eyes are listless, the face is sunken in, and the head looks lobotomized and subdued. Yet there are wild colors and spirited marks that suggest a surfeit of internal activity. Developing his own personal iconography, in this early work Basquiat both alludes to modernist appropriation of African masks and employs the mask as a means of exploring identity. Basquiat labored over this painting for months — evident in the worked surface and imagery — while most of his pieces were completed with bursts of energy over just a few days. The intensity of the painting, which was presented at his debut solo gallery exhibition in New York City, may also represent Basquiat’s anxieties surrounding the pressures of becoming a commercially successful artist.

    I guess we were all thinking this.

    I think I'll stick with Turner. 1-the-fighting-temeraire-william-turner.jpg
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  14. SparkMaths

    SparkMaths Occasional commenter

    Yeah I agree with Turner being better, if you need a paragraph of text to explain why something with no aesthetic value is actually really meaningful and worth looking at - there's something wrong.

    I wonder how much modern art is actually just money laundering or frauds selling frauds for other frauds to look at and not feel like frauds!

    I'm not saying that all non traditional forms of art have no value, but a lot of it CLEARLY doesn't.
    WB likes this.
  15. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    And yet The Fighting Temeraire was tarted up to appeal to the National Gallery audience, when much of his work was far more abstract as here (painted 1834):

  16. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Think of all the Jelly Babies you could have bought for what you spent on that OP print.

    If Jean Michel Basquiat is a 7 year old with issues I'd maybe give it 6 out of 10, but otherwise..
  17. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Agree - in fact, can you imagine how you'd feel if you opened it as a present?
  18. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    I’m clueless when it comes to why one weird looking thing is considered good art and another equally weird looking thing isn’t However, if @Wanda_the_Wonder likes the painting and will get enjoyment from looking at it then it’s a good purchase. One man’s trash etc. etc.

    Must admit I’d have personally gone for the Jelly Babies option though.
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  19. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder and I've never been that drunk.
  20. Nealswife

    Nealswife Occasional commenter

    Ha ha - comparing it your bum - the painting, it says a lot, if you want to read it....rather introspective and perhaps the King's new clothes, for a Saatchi vault. Value - could feed thousands for a month!

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