@smceccarelli Brilliant response. Love it!
Last year I drew a crowd.
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RE: Did You See This? Artwork sells for $1.4 Million Then Self-Destructs
RE: Did You See This? Artwork sells for $1.4 Million Then Self-Destructs
@kaitlinmakes I didn't really know much about Banksy. Thank you for sharing. It does seem that, throughout history, the work of artists has made more money for those who are in possession of the art than it has for the artists themselves.
The three gentlemen who started SVS are doing a great service for artists by showing them how to use the craft and talent of being an artist to actually make money from their work.
That is why I am so impressed with SVS and with the dialogue I read on this forum.
P.S. - I just took a look at your own work and, once again, I am blown away by the talent. Awesome artwork.
Did You See This? Artwork sells for $1.4 Million Then Self-Destructs
The graffiti artist named Banksy had one of his pieces of artwork up for auction at Sotheby's in London and the winning bid was 1.04 million pounds (equal to $1.4 million). Apparently, Banksy installed a shredder in the frame and, after the auction, the shredder was triggered and the artwork was shredded.
The artwork is titled "Girl With Balloon." I would love to know your thoughts on:
- The artwork
- The price paid
- The prank
I will post the Associated Press article beneath this photo of the artwork.
The Associated Press Published 9:18 a.m. ET Oct. 6, 2018
**LONDON (AP) — Art prankster Banksy has struck again.
A work by the elusive street artist apparently self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million).
The spray-painted canvas "Girl With Balloon" went under the hammer at Sotheby's in London, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and equaling a record price for the artist.
Then, as an alarm sounded, it ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, emerging from the bottom in strips.
A post on Banksy's official Instagram account showed the moment — and the shocked reaction of those in the room — with the words "Going, going, gone..."
Sotheby's — which had noted before the sale that the work's ornate gilded frame was "an integral element of the artwork chosen by Banksy himself" — expressed surprise at the incident.
"It appears we just got Banksy-ed," said Alex Branczik, head of contemporary European art at the auction house.
The auction house said it was "in discussion about next steps" with the buyer. Some art-market watchers have suggested the work could be worth even more in its shredded state.
"We have not experienced this situation in the past . where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist," Branczik said. "We are busily figuring out what this means in an auction context."
Banksy is not the first artist to deconstruct his own work. In the years after World War II, German-born artist Gustav Metzger pioneered "auto-destructive art," creating paintings using acid that ate away the fabric beneath.
Banksy, who has never disclosed his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world's best-known artists. His mischievous and often satirical images include two policemen kissing, armed riot police with yellow smiley faces and a chimpanzee with a sign bearing the words "Laugh now, but one day I'll be in charge."
He also has a penchant for elaborate pranks.
In 2005, he hung an image of a spear-toting ancient human pushing a shopping cart in the British Museum, where it remained for several days before being discovered. The next year he smuggled a life-sized figure of a Guantanamo Bay detainee into Disneyland, and in 2015 he erected a full-scale dystopian theme park — "Dismaland" — by the British seaside.
"Girl With Balloon," which depicts a small child reaching up toward a heart-shaped red balloon, was originally stenciled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy's best-known images.
The Women of Disney’s Animation
I just listened to this podcast I thought some of you might enjoy. It is audio only although it is on YouTube. It is about a book published last year titled, “Ink & Paint: The Women Of Walt Disney’s Animation.” - Larry
RE: Episode 13: The Caldecott
Fun listening to this podcast.
I think competitions and awards have an interesting effect on us all. When we win we feel great. When we lose we wonder what we have done wrong and if we are even wasting our time.
The brief speculation you guys indulged in that there may be a political aspect to the voting is probably true but only to a certain degree.
Winners almost always have produced great work. The fact, however, is that many losers have also produced great work. Take the monthly competition featured on this forum. Great work always rises to the top. But, great work also seems to go unrecognized.
Were the zeroes in the last contest all completely unworthy? The danger is in the discouragement those zeroes left in their wake. The deflated pride of all those who garnered zeroes probably stung pretty bad.
The consolation is in the immense list of those great artists who went unappreciated even while producing magnificent work.
Vincent Van Gogh is revered today. He is considered to be one of the most influential painters of all time. But, his work received little to no recognition during his lifetime.
Paul Gauguin was not appreciated until after his death. Today his paintings could sell for as much as $39.2 million a piece.
Claude Monet is one of the greatest painters of all time. His work was rejected because it went against the traditional style and method of painting of his time.
And the list goes on.
To me, the three of you (Will, Lee, and Jake) are incredibly gifted. The fact that you have allowed your knowledge and guidance to be the gentle hand that offers encouragement and guidance to usher the artists in this forum to their next level of accomplishment deserves an award that far surpasses the honor which the Caldecott bestows upon its recipients.
Perhaps there is no gold medallion or embossed sticker you can put on your mantle or the cover of your next book. Perhaps there is no "bonus" check, no bragging rights, and no red carpet event.
But, somewhere out there, you have extended your hand to a young artist who needs that helping hand. You have given confidence to a fragile soul bursting with talent but unsure how to nurture it. You have given courage to a young student bullied for an interest in art in a world obsessed with touchdowns and home-runs.
I hope you all win those awards that define accomplishment.
But, know that you are already greater than those awards. And your work is as magnificent as those who have won those awards as well as those who walked away with a zero.
Japanese Billionaire Wants To Take Artists To The Moon
Five years from now you could be on a rocket to the moon with Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, the founder of Japanese e-commerce giant Zozo.
He wants artists to interpret their experiences of the journey and of orbiting earth's only natural satellite.
Knowing the way illustrators must think, just reading the first two sentences of my post has already created a mental image of what that artwork might look like.
If you end up going, let us know!
I was thinking of you all yesterday. I was in Disney World in Florida. Informally, it is often referred to as “the house built by a mouse.” A better description would be “the house built by AN ILLUSTRATION of a mouse.” It represents everything this forum is about: Stories and illustrations. Those two elements are the genesis. It grows from there to book publishing, animation, music composition and production, and everything else that is required to make a movie.
But it STARTS with the very talents and skills that you all demonstrate. Please be encouraged that the world needs you. Your ability to skillfully create stories and bring them to life is the refreshment the rest of the world seems to crave and is drawn to. (Forgive the pun)
Just wanted to share this observation.
You never know what might happen when you wish upon a star.
Some Of My Artwork And One Of My Songs
As I look through much of my recent artwork/illustrations I am noticing the influence that SVS and many of you in this forum have had. I just want to thank you all for that influence. You are all incredibly gifted and I feel privileged to be included in this group. I wrote a song years ago called "Rise" and set it to a slideshow of some of my art. Hope you like it. - Larry
Here is a link to the YouTube video I made: Some of my art set to one of my songs