Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Quiz : Is It a Picasso or Is It a Fontana?

It used to be so easy to tell them apart...Pablo's paintings were renowned for their exquisite forms and/or inventive vocabularies...Lucio's for their monochromatic grounds and violent slashes. Now, however, with the lax laws regulating against near-criminal clumsiness in the presence of paintings worth more than $130 million, it's getting much harder to tell the Spainard's work from the Argentinian's. To help keep things clear, in our own minds at least, let's review the basics. Who do you think is the author of each of the following...take your time...

(With apologies to Pablo and Lucio.)



Blogger Tom Hering said...

F. is a collaborative work. Picasso and a balance-challenged art student.

1/26/2010 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger kalm james said...

Lazlo Toth in drag.

1/26/2010 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Sean Capone said...

Smart ass, LOL!

1/26/2010 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger jami said...


1/26/2010 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

Funny. But in all fairness, they're not really saying what caused the fall. I'm sure she feels pretty bad about it...

1/26/2010 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Joseph Giannasio said...

Isn't this really a secret trick question and B. is an anonymous Photoshop artist, and by the way possibly standing alone the only genuine piece of art experienced in its original media, (which as per yesterdays post is the one thing from the start I always struggled with the true nature of computer art seen in a luminace as opposed to a reflective surface, variations in monitor size, and dot pitch not to mention color temperature) the piece itself has the rare effect of suggestive invocation of a unique male physical reaction. (well a semi one at least). I think it best to crop B. and C. in your browser a pay homage to Eros.

Did the woman take the adult education class with the singular intention of slashing the painting? What offense did it pose her? Was the painting actually slashed or is it just a cover story and the museum removed the painting for more sinister reasons? What are those reasons? And most important who will be leading the mob to lynch this Slasher?

Light your torches, raise you pitchforks, and let the conspiracy theories begin.

1/26/2010 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

Burn it all and make room for the new, even if it looks the same, you wont even tell the difference.

1/26/2010 01:24:00 PM  
Blogger Mery Lynn said...

What is it about Picasso's work that screams "fall on me"? Do the remaining fumes make viewers dizzy?

1/26/2010 01:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Larry said...

Don't forget to include an image of La Rêve, suitably gashed where Steve Wynn damaged it.

1/26/2010 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

I'm glad it wasn't me. Aren't you glad it wasn't you?

Then again maybe we'd go on to be a big-ass art dealer on 26th Street (as opposed to the big-ass art dealer on 27th).

1/26/2010 06:13:00 PM  
Blogger kalm james said...

I had a friend who worked at Castelli. His biggest regret was while de-installing a show, he let a framed Johns drawing slip and it gashed a Warhol "Red Elvis" eight inches right down the middle. Leo grimaced, shrugged his shoulders and said "don't worry it's only a painting, and beside we're insured" (I think someone had just bought it). Warhols were only going for a couple hundred grand at the time.

They paid tens of thousands to have it restored, but it was never quite the same.

1/26/2010 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous marc said...

I suppose they will do a good job in fixing-up the results of the slip. Old pictures deteriorate and even get banged up once in a while. So it goes.

1/26/2010 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Jorge said...

That's the best solution!!

1/27/2010 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Eyed Critic said...

Step away from the damned paintings! These folks need to realize they are not in their own homes. This stuff is in the museums to preserve them for the future! Idiots!

1/27/2010 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the museum should be proud to display the injured painting - injuries endured in the line of public service! A Purple Heart for the painting!

1/29/2010 01:53:00 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

Hi Edward- I'd like to send you this press release can you send me your email or post this for us? THANK YOU
For immediate release:


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Art work available by:
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We will be accepting cash, check, or credit (all checks should be made out and credit cards will be charged to Doctors Without Borders).

Wednesday February 10, 2010
7:00 pm
(auction begins promptly at 8:30)
601 West 26th Street (@ 11th Ave.)
8th floor
NYC 10001

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2/03/2010 02:16:00 PM  

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