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Yves Saint Laurent Art Auction

In on January 30, 2009 at 5:35 pm

What: An auction (by Christie’s) of the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge art collection which contains over 700 pieces and is said to be valued at nearly $300 million euros and is expected to fetch up to half a billion euros

When: 3 days at the end of February at the Grand Palais in Paris

Who: EVERYONE and ANYONE will be there… except me, of course! 


This auction is incredible.  I’ve read about 10 articles posted online and in newspapers and am constantly astonished to read “half a billion euros” as the projected amount to be fetched from this auction.  It makes you realize the value that beautiful yet inanimate objects have the potential to hold.  I hope that this auction isn’t a disappointment for the sake of the consignors and for the beautiful things being offered.  It’s always a shame when pieces are “burned” (a fancy word for non-sold and therefore decreased in value because the art world think that since no one wanted to pay for it at auction, maybe it ISN’T worth the high amount that it was being offered for) and “bought in” at auction.  Stay tuned for my post towards the end of February – I’ll dedicate my post for the day to the auction results!


In Bloomberg on January 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm

So this is quite interesting… it is an article about a controversial work of art recently made and unveiled in Europe by David Cerny.  The piece was commissioned by the Czech Republic but was not executed in a way that they are particularly proud to be associated with.  In fact, the nature of the work caused quite a stir among all member nations of the EU represented.  Essentially, Cerny chose controversial symbols to represent the member nations (such as a vampire for Romania and a toilet for Bulgaria) – not exactly the most politically correct things to be associating with the nations on a work meant to depict the unity of the EU.  The formation of the EU has been a long and much debated struggle and though Cerny intended this work to be more light-hearted (rather than insulting), the EU is not strong enough to tolerate such “jokes” quite yet.  In the article they compare this work to Duchamp’s shocking works but for some reason that comparison doesn’t sitting comfortably with me.  I guess it seems to me as though the nature of the insults in this work were much more personal and publicly displayed than Duchamp’s work.  The time will come down the line when something like this can be laughed at but for now the timing of it’s unveiling is quite inappropriate. 3842480460409ctn1

Schroeder and Beethoven

In New York Times on January 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm

schroederI come across so many interesting articles about the arts that I have decided to break down and begin a blog about some of the things I read and my thoughts about them (I was inspired by a friend of mine who does the same thing for sports articles).  To not overwhelm myself, or those who read this, I’ll limit each post to one “article of interest.”  The source of the articles will range from the New York Times Arts section to a relatively unknown independent arts magazine – what can I say, I subscribe to everything art!  I’d like to throw out there though that there are tons of sites online that do the work for me and post interesting art news right on their homepage for me to see (one that I recently signed up for is called; the site is especially great because it lets me personalize my profile so that articles that apply to my specific interests are the first ones to come up… it’s a good starting place if you’re having a hard time finding relevant-to-your-interests articles).  

Anyways, today’s “article of interest” comes from the New York Times Arts section.  We all grew up with Peanuts cartoons by Charles Shulz but because of the cartoons’ simplicity and basic storyline we might miss the absolute genius behind the cartoon strip (a similar affect of  the art and stories by Mr. Seuss).  This article brings to our attention the connection between the Beethoven music that the character Schroeder plays and the tone of the cartoon.  Knowing relatively little about music, I had no idea that the musical notes and song choices were so intentional.  “The music is a character in the strip as much as the people are, because the music sets the tone.”  Who knew?   As a long time admirer of Mr. Schulz, I must say that this article has increased even further (which I didn’t think was possible) my esteem for his work.  The article also mentions a Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in San Jose… now THAT would be something interesting to see.