Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Best Quotes In The Art Scene

Charles Saatchi, mover of the comtemporary art scene is also master of the quote. The guy knows how to have a good laugh as he manipulates the art market. If I was to make up a character, a wise cracken', smart ass, satirical malcontent (ahhem, kind of like Art Trip) I would put quotes like this in his mouth. This shit cracks me up.

From The Daily Beast

Do you think artists are more intelligent than other people?

I have always been hesitant about visiting artists’ studios, and discovering that work I have admired has been made by someone nitwitted. This can be disconcerting if you believe an artist paints with his brains, not with his hands.

In your estimation, how much of the last decade's art explosion is due to the fact that the art market functions as an unregulated stock-market? (As in, no rules re: insider trading, gaming the system, pumping & dumping...)

... "Some people in the art world bemoan the hedge fund millionaires spending freely to acquire ostentatious displays of wealth and coolth for their giddily chic designer duplexes. Others bemoan art being treated as a commodity.

But most of the bemoaning is because the art world is stuffed full of bemoaners, bemoaning about everything."

What kind of person spends $2 on a fancy bottle of mineral water?

Try spelling Evian backwards.

What is the one thing you would never, ever want to do again in your life?

Wet my bed.

What is mankind’s greatest unsolved mystery that particularily puzzles you?

Why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.