Wanna Buy an Invisible Sculpture?

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Speaking of satire, this isn’t one. I know it sounds like a satire, but it isn’t. It also sounds like it could be one of those tongue-in-cheek bite-sized science fiction stories Isaac Asimov used to write, but it isn’t one of those, either.

It’s real.

Let this quote suffice: “Salvatore Garau has sold his latest invisible sculpture” (https://wamu.org/story/21/06/01/italian-artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-for-real-money/). For $18,000. Not make-believe money. The buyer gets a certificate.

Of what? Idiocy?

Paying $18,000 literally for nothing. Once upon a time, this would have been called a sin: incontinence. Having more money than is good for you and not knowing what to do with it–so you waste it. Squander it.

I think it’s probably still a sin; and probably carries its own punishment, too.

‘But Is It Art?’ (2017)

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One thing you can hardly help learning from a study of art history: what passes for art today is pure crapola.

Here’s proof (if any were needed).

But Is It Art?

In the Age of Nothing Works, why should we expect the arts to fare any better than the rest of our poor, wretched, failing civilization? It’s too bad: there are still great artists out there. But you won’t find them in the art galleries, selling pretentious twaddle to airheads with more money than they need.