Boston.com – A large 1953 painting by abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman has sold for $43.8 million at a New York City auction, setting an auction record for his work. Sotheby’s said Tuesday the record price for ‘‘Onement VI’’ (WUHN’-mehnt siks) includes the buyer’s premium. The painting is the last of six in Newman’s Onement series. They’re characterized by what’s called the zip, a distinctive stripe running down the center of the canvas. Four are in museum collections. ‘‘Onement V’’ sold at auction last year for $22.4 million, the artist’s previous auction record. Newman was an exhibitions organizer of the newly opened Betty Parson Gallery in 1946. He played a vital role in the careers of Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and others. He also influenced the next generation of artists including Frank Stella. Newman died in 1970.
Boston, MA – See, this is why I hate art. Anyone can do art. It’s stupid. Even the guy in “My Left Foot” was painting with the aforementioned Left Foot, and as you can imagine, it looked like someone tied a paint brush to the beak of a rooster on crack and let it go apeshit all over a canvas. While I will grant you that was a great movie, they conveniently left glaring holes in the story, like did he use his Left Foot to brush his teeth, fly a kite, and jerk himself off? There’s no god, but I like to think there is a special force that would allow his Left Foot to compensate for other parts of his body that were lacking. Perhaps he could arch his foot in such a way, like how a monkey does to climb a tree, that would make the perfect sheath for milking himself, but unless there’s a sequel coming that I don’t know about, we may never know. We may never know. But, it’s a Scientific fact that the human body can heighten certain senses when other senses in that same body are failing. One example of that would be blind people who have a keen ear for music, or perhaps can hear a train coming before you and I do. Another example would be why so many people with no arms go on to become great tap dancers.
Now, I purposely set up the layout of this particular blog so you would be SHOCKED when you this piece of $44 million garbage. Then, in contrast, I included an original Martin Munson piece that I created using nothing more than my fingertip and the “Draw Something” app on my iPad2. When you take a moment to truly ponder my gift, it’s hard to imagine what I could accomplish with watercolors. Please be honest with yourself as you take our poll: Which piece exhibits more artistic talent?