Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I Didn't Steal That, That's Not My Paint!
Then, more recently, there was a big, and by big I mean a massive "Holy Cannoli! They stole a what? and a what? and you mean there is more?!?" art theft that happened in the Netherlands. Picasso, Matisse, Monet, crap, they are all gone now, yes it really did happen this week too. Euf! What a heist. It's the kind of stuff nightmares are made of, really that is.
What's happening in the world today? Why all of this scandal, theft, defacing? (Did art school just let out for recess and the kids have nothing to do this week or something?)
In a way, I have to blame a combination of the "new" economy, along with the lack of art education in the public schools these days. Somebody who thinks they can just deface the work of another surely feels entitled in some way, probably feels they are owed at least *something* back from society, or some such thing. Combine that with a lack of education in the arts (hey, school funding has been cut for these type of activities around the globe) and you have combined somebody without any appreciation for the arts with somebody who feels entitled and so they can just go and "take that." This is not a good combination and it will not end well (especially not for the art.)
I guess I could go on about this but, in a way, I'm wrong too, as there have (historically) always been defacing going on, along with theft, in fact, historically speaking, there probably was way more theft back in the old days. Art, I guess, has never been without its share of scandals. Still, I mean, doesn't it seem like this is a lot to happen in a few short days (maybe even a week or two.) Doesn't it seem like the art world is, well, excuse the cliche, but "going to Hell in a hand basket" pretty quickly this week? (Sure seems a bit like that to me anyway.)
At least nobody has defaced or stolen a "Carol" original. Now *that* my friends, that would be a big scandal (for sure!) Eh, who am I kidding? I've love to be popular enough to get defaced one day, in fact, I should probably make that a goal of mine (note to self: add to goals list "become popular enough to get stolen in a grand heist or defaced while on display in noted museum." Yeah, I'll get right on that, really I will. And, if you believe that, why, I've got a lovely bridge to sell you....)
Until next time...