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A 1999 photo by German artist Andreas Gursky which sold recently at Christie's. Man, I gotta get in to a different line of work.

My 5 year old daughter could take a more interesting photo than that. I guess I would say the same about doodles by Picasso. There are true artists and there are ok artists who are able to ramp up the values of their creations by the strength of their constant self-publicity and errant personalities. Besides Picasso, I would include Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock in that category. There are many others, including musicians and actors and politicians.

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I totally agree with you a ridiculous price, for a thoughly boring picture.

Picasso is a different kettle of fish,a great Artist,and if you study his pencil and charcoal drawings,you will no doubt appreciate his talent!

I suspect he took the Art world and critics for the no nothing pretentious idiots they were,and produced nonsense modern Art, and when he died they found over 26,000 rubbish Paintings,in his basement.

Sometimes he would go down to his basement,and knock out two or three hundred paintings in one afternoon. To keep the the price up they were released one at a time.I don't believe anyone can turn out that quantity,without sacrificing the quality.but it was not about quality,merely parting the rich from their money,a straight forward Con,that the Mega Rich gladly succumbed to. After all, while you have a painting on your wall with a trianglular face,one eyeball,and a skinny neck,which cost £500,000,then you know you have made it.

imho Picasso was a wonderful real Artist, but more of a Joker/Pisstaker.

Andy Wharhol,was a talented Graphic Designer,but I can't say I have seen any sign of the traditional meaning of Art from him.

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@OP

And you needed to share this opinion with us because:

1 - your daughter is the most talented artist there ever was

2 - you want to show off your incredible knowledge about contemporary art

3 - you are a bit jealous that this artist has more money in his bank account than you

4 - this opinion is very relevant and never heard before so the world needs to know

5 - you want to be the member of this forum with the highest amount of posts

6 - you are now the proud owner of this photograph but you are somewhat disappointed

7 - .........................................

the right answer wins you a trip to Tate modern

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@OP

And you needed to share this opinion with us because:

1 - your daughter is the most talented artist there ever was

2 - you want to show off your incredible knowledge about contemporary art

3 - you are a bit jealous that this artist has more money in his bank account than you

4 - this opinion is very relevant and never heard before so the world needs to know

5 - you want to be the member of this forum with the highest amount of posts

6 - you are now the proud owner of this photograph but you are somewhat disappointed

7 - .........................................

the right answer wins you a trip to Tate modern

The answer to all of the above questions is NO,

and I have been to the Tate Gallery,so give the trip to someone more deserving,or treat yourself.

My Posting and views were intended to be of interest,if it wasn't of any interest to you,then no problem, seems like you are expecting a prize for third rate witticism, and not even a good Troll either!

You didn't buy a reject Picasso,as an investment,did you?

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Picasso

-bought a Picasso litho (signed) and several Miros at an auction for a friend,

-wife says let's keep them, they add a nice contrast,

-did not really mind the Miros, just thought "women folks and their irrational farts",

-hung the Picasso in the rarely used library,

-whenever i read a book and paused i hesitated to look up, because...

-...the Picasso showed an ugly² nekkid woman with shifted eyes, twisted limbs and the hairiest woolly-woolly on earth,

-was happy when my friend took the paintings a few years later.

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Picasso

-bought a Picasso litho (signed) and several Miros at an auction for a friend,

-wife says let's keep them, they add a nice contrast,

-did not really mind the Miros, just thought "women folks and their irrational farts",

-hung the Picasso in the rarely used library,

-whenever i read a book and paused i hesitated to look up, because...

-...the Picasso showed an ugly² nekkid woman with shifted eyes, twisted limbs and the hairiest woolly-woolly on earth,

-was happy when my friend took the paintings a few years later.

I keep my Picasso postcard on a rarely used shelf.

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@OP, no didn't buy a reject Picasso. (wish I could afford it)

I found the "my 5 year old daughter can do that" remark rather stupid.

I think you are getting rather confused,as to who you are replying to?

The answers to the 2 lines above are from 2 different Posters!

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from the real OP: I actually don't have a 5 year old daughter - it's a figment of speech. I do have a 35 year old daughter though, and she does better than take bland photos, she actually breeds thousands of fruit trees - which have a tangible benefit for people.

Incidentally, I did some more thinking about Jackson Pollack, and am thinking perhaps he was underrated by the likes of me. I'd like to see the movie about him. I don't know if Pollack was thinking this when he splattered paint on canvases, but his type of art is different from other prior types (besides the obvious reasons). Here's why:

>>>> he didn't paint patterns. Think about it, most art is stuck with a motif that's repeated, in other words; patterns. Certainly true of nearly all architecture.

>>>> he didn't paint fill in the blanks. Nearly all artworks involve an outline which is filled with color, either flat or shaded color. Certainly much of Picasso's and Warhol's stuff was like that. But even the classical masterpieces were often made from tasteful slabs of color.

Pollack, like him or not, was possibly the first well-known painter to stray from those two painting methods mentioned above.

Good on all the folks who like Picasso. And yes I'm aware he was able to paint realistic renditions of people and things. Even so, I don't care for his stuff. Just my opinion. His contemporary (from 120 miles away), Salvidor Dali, is a different story altogether - true genius.

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