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    Rothko sells for $73 mil

    Thought this was interesting in a head-shaking kinda way.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070516/...6xHd5DexkDW7oF

    Rothko sells for $73 mil


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    this reality sucks.
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    Now honestly I don't believe any painting is worth 73 mil, but I also don't think a pair of high heeled shoes is worth 300 dollars, but they sell too. However have you ever actually seen a Rothko in person? They get crapped on alot by people that have only seen tiny little pictures like this, "So its a big square of color...big woop" In person many of his paintings "breathe" with life, the colors vibrate against eachother and pull forward and push back. He was once quoted as saying that he wanted to make paintings that "if you turned your back to it, you would feel it beating on you like the sun."
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    Also, so you can get an idea of the scale of most of these pieces.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthogua View Post
    Now honestly I don't believe any painting is worth 73 mil, but I also don't think a pair of high heeled shoes is worth 300 dollars, but they sell too. However have you ever actually seen a Rothko in person? They get crapped on alot by people that have only seen tiny little pictures like this, "So its a big square of color...big woop" In person many of his paintings "breathe" with life, the colors vibrate against eachother and pull forward and push back. He was once quoted as saying that he wanted to make paintings that "if you turned your back to it, you would feel it beating on you like the sun."
    I've seen a couple in person, and I'm not impressed.

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    After your words, Cthogua. I want to see it and experience it... I believe btw that colors can talk and lead on their own like textures... Fellah taught me that. Price is scary though... so much good can be done for this money... new businesses, new projects... kind of weird.
    Read the artist suffered from a deep depression all his life and ended his life himself despite such talking loving colors...seems that he desperately tried to communicate through his paintings. Sincerity in art does cost money... you buying part of someone's soul into your house...
    Internet probably changed colors... but I feel a bit what you said... colors vibrate and move out of borders.

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    I concur with Seedling. I too have seen rothko's in person, and am entirely indifferent. Each to their own...

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    I'm not sure how comparable it is, but I saw Voice of Fire (is this what I'm thinking of? The Canadian one) in person and although it wasn't breathtaking or anything, it was definitely something completely different when it's right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthogua View Post
    Now honestly I don't believe any painting is worth 73 mil,
    It's not the painting that's being sold. It's the signature and the idea. It's the ability to say "I own a Rothko." The social funtion of art in Western culture is mostly concerned with status.
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    i really need to go check out rothko again, i saw a documentary on him a while back and it truly swayed my opinion on him completely, im a big fan now!

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    oddly Ive seen Rothkos in person, when they constitute the environment that you are in they are in their way amazing. The ones I saw were in a room by themselves in a gallery in DC I forget the name. I wish I could see the chapel in Houstan. I expect its quite amazing
    a unique and interesting experience. on the other hand I alos don't believe any art is worth that much money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthogua View Post
    Now honestly I don't believe any painting is worth 73 mil, but I also don't think a pair of high heeled shoes is worth 300 dollars, but they sell too. However have you ever actually seen a Rothko in person? They get crapped on alot by people that have only seen tiny little pictures like this, "So its a big square of color...big woop" In person many of his paintings "breathe" with life, the colors vibrate against eachother and pull forward and push back. He was once quoted as saying that he wanted to make paintings that "if you turned your back to it, you would feel it beating on you like the sun."
    totally agree with that. (With every part of it!)

    whats with all those "this is not art" posts on ca anyway? is conceptart.org the new art police?

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    whats with all those "this is not art" posts on ca anyway?
    This is not a "this is not art" post, this is a "this is not worth $73 million fucking dollars" post.

    Seriously, it's neat, it's large, it's something I would hang on my wall as a graphic element, but for that much cash I'd at least expect it to be centuries old.

    But hey, it's not my cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthogua View Post
    Now honestly I don't believe any painting is worth 73 mil, but I also don't think a pair of high heeled shoes is worth 300 dollars, but they sell too. However have you ever actually seen a Rothko in person? They get crapped on alot by people that have only seen tiny little pictures like this, "So its a big square of color...big woop" In person many of his paintings "breathe" with life, the colors vibrate against eachother and pull forward and push back. He was once quoted as saying that he wanted to make paintings that "if you turned your back to it, you would feel it beating on you like the sun."
    Agree 100%. My dad sent me a documentary on him, i was like "meh" then he took me to the four seasons (the seagram building) to get drunk, eat, and talk about how they would have looked in there, then we went to washington and saw them in the national gallery. They do indeed take over a room, in a strange way, and sure as hell give off some sort of seird vibe, that i liked. Dont knock it until youve seen them. Im not a huge fan of his early stuff though (like the one that was sold)

    And hey, if they can get someone to buy it for that price, why the hell not? Someone wants to pay that for it, then its obvious its worth that muchg to them, regardless of ulterior (alterior? )motives.
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