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    New York woman accidentally rips Picasso painting

    Damn. She must feel pretty bad, I wonder if they are making her pay to fix it.

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    NEW YORK (AFP) – A significant Pablo Picasso painting was damaged after a woman attending art class lost her balance, fell into "The Actor" and tore it, The Metropolitan Museum of Art said.

    The unusually large canvas, measuring 77.25 by 45.38 inches (196 by 115 centimeters), sustained a vertical tear of about six inches (15 centimeters) in the lower right-hand corner in the accident on Friday.

    The museum, located on the eastern edge of New York's Central Park, did not elaborate on why the woman fell.

    But The Met said the damage did not impact the "focal point of the composition" and that it should be repaired in the coming weeks ahead of a major Picasso retrospective featuring some 250 works at the museum opening on April 27.


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    She must feel awful.
    I would.

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    its both awful and funny

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    Shame it wasn't one of his post-cubism efforts. That would have improved his average.

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    She accidentally Picasso, eh? I'm sorry to say that my first thought at reading this was: The way things seem to work, I'm sure Saatchi will be more than willing to sponsor her expenses if she plays her hand right.
    In the future, everyone will have 15 minutes of privacy.

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    I feel sorry for the woman. Anyhow, this isn't the first time:

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    Hey she added her own touch to a Picasso. At first it's like, ohh shit, then

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    I'm thinking it's just me that has a problem here maybe, but it really bothers me when a major piece of the world's heritage is damaged or destroyed and people who claim to be artists snicker about it, or cheer outright...

    Why don't you cowboys help me out and post a list of all the original art in the world that you think isn't worth worrying about or saving so I can get in on the joke?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilaekae View Post
    I'm thinking it's just me that has a problem here maybe, but it really bothers me when a major piece of the world's heritage is damaged or destroyed and people who claim to be artists snicker about it, or cheer outright...

    Why don't you cowboys help me out and post a list of all the original art in the world that you think isn't worth worrying about or saving so I can get in on the joke?

    It's just our way of coping with the grief. Anyway I'm sure the Picasso in question can be repaired. There are some excellent conservators out there. A sufragette once slashed a Velasquez Venus in London to ribbons and you'd never know to see it now. That said, I gather that some modern art pieces, being in unusual media (such as elephant crap, or beds stained by yet less savoury excretions) are presenting conservation problems for galleries. I very much doubt many of these pieces are worth the bother.
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    I am sure they have insurance and she will not have to pay it.
    She must feel bad... but wait, 1-2 weeks later she will tell everyone... hey i ripped a picasso
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    I have a friend who threw up in the Louvre... And I thought THAT was embarrassing.

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    I was going to make a joke but now I'm torn on the subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckWeisel View Post
    I was going to make a joke but now I'm torn on the subject.
    Did you steal that joke from someone? It seems like a complete rip off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    Did you steal that joke from someone? It seems like a complete rip off.
    I don't think you have a shred of proof for that accusation.
    "Astronomy offers an aesthetic indulgence not duplicated in any other field. This is not an academic or hypothetical attraction and should require no apologies, for the beauty to be found in the skies has been universally appreciated for unrecorded centuries."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckWeisel View Post
    I don't think you have a shred of proof for that accusation.
    Oooh Bill, I think BuckWeisel just tore you a new one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossmirage View Post
    Oooh Bill, I think BuckWeisel just tore you a new one!
    I'd say this whole thread is unraveling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    I'd say this whole thread is unraveling.
    This back and forth between you guys is leaving me in stitches!

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    I just hope we can find a way to patch things up.

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    Who's really at fault here?
    If I owned something (anything) as expensive as an original Picasso, I damn sure wouldn't let anyone near it.
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    Whoops, I derailed the pun train...
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    Liquidpope doesn't seam as interested in the puns.

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    I feel sorry for her but...

    I'm actually laughing. XD I don't know what it is. Maybe I'm just not a Picasso fan but like, falling into a painting. How often does that happen? And to a Picasso painting.

    I feel sorry for her though. I hope people don't look down on her for it. It probably isn't her fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    Liquidpope doesn't seam as interested in the puns.
    My bad. I mend no harm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilaekae View Post
    I'm thinking it's just me that has a problem here maybe, but it really bothers me when a major piece of the world's heritage is damaged or destroyed and people who claim to be artists snicker about it, or cheer outright...

    Why don't you cowboys help me out and post a list of all the original art in the world that you think isn't worth worrying about or saving so I can get in on the joke?
    its the clumsy situation that is funny to me, regardless of what was damaged. I mean the number of times that's happened to me (nothing as valuable though luckily)... relax, it can and will be repaired

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    All you guys are missing the real tragedy here. The painting can be patched up, the woman will eventually forget this ever happened, but me, every time I get up close to examine a painting, every guard's going to be tapping me on the shoulder to step back. It's all about me, people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TASmith View Post
    All you guys are missing the real tragedy here. The painting can be patched up, the woman will eventually forget this ever happened, but me, every time I get up close to examine a painting, every guard's going to be tapping me on the shoulder to step back. It's all about me, people!
    Oh well that's no different than it already is... last time I was at the Met I got yelled at twice for stepping too close to the paintings, and I was still about 2.5 feet away from them; the guards there are very eager to tell you to step back. Maybe now we all have to step back 10 feet from the paintings?

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    Maybe Pablo's ghost pushed her?

    Who doesn't let one rip in an art gallery now and then? Hehehehe!!
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    The puns... They are like that greasy 90's sexophone sound... It hurts your ears - but you know you love it!

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