Gurernica and Adele

The book of Michael Gross, Rogues’ Gallery, explores the history of the Metropolitain Museum of Art, and it has allowed me to learn additional reason for art’s appeal. The cynical side presented by Mr. Gross shows how an appetite for status and high-value art has a magnetic attraction. An artist seeking money for his or her work is naturally attracted to the people who will pay top dollar, and people seeking status may pay top dollar knowing they are getting an original that other people seeking status did not get. Ah . . this is why actions and art go hand in hand, because bidding and not winning a piece of art discloses (unless anonymous) the desire for a piece making the status achieved by winning higher. This also explains why a story behind a piece of art can increase the value. Picasso’s Guernica is one such painting, and Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is another of many paintings that have a higher value given the story. I want to connect this point to a documentary I watched recently with my wife, The Rape of Europa, but I am out of time. I am in a Starbucks at on Lexington Avenue and 78th, and I return to flowers.

About Tom Doody

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel
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