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Old 01-14-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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I never really paid much attention to him. But now, after spending 20 minutes looking at his work on Google, I can honestly say that I truly dislike his work. How in the world did someone who paints like a pre-schooler ever get such a grand reputation? Calling it abstract is being pretty darned generous as far as I am concerned.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:21 AM   #2
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know what you mean - as with many artistic types he just had to keep pushing, trying new things. Same as a sax player i knew - he could play beautifully, but prefered to play these awful honking squealing jazz things. I didn't even get it, but accepted that i was just not in the same realm music-wise. Track Picasso periods back and i betcha you find a time he was doing stuff you can appreciate - even if it was when he was a teen. f'rinstance, here's a 3 line drawing that Donheff found for me that just nails female form - that right line....
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:23 AM   #3
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If you ever go to a museum of contemporary art, you will have the same thoughts. Most of it is a waste of space.
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:11 AM   #4
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I've made Picasso's work more contemporary:
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:36 AM   #5
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My 2 year old scribbles kinda like Picasso. I tried putting some of her masterpieces on ebay for a few million bucks. No one bought them.
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Ya, well I made it more contemporary AND more realistic.
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How in the world did someone who paints like a pre-schooler ever get such a grand reputation?
The same way that the cr*p that rappers and hip-hoppers produce is called music. Nope! Huh-uh! Not EVEN close to real music! Not only can most of them not sing, I don't think a lot of them can even speak in any definable or understandable language!

I like rap, as long as I don't have to hear any of it! And I like Picasso, as long as I don't have to look at it!
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So is this any more accessible? It's a self portrait he did. Maybe he just saw himself more clearly than he saw other stuff? It's no Guernica... And frankly, i appreciate realism much more, but if an artist can do classic realistic art, or play music that wouldn't get them kicked out of an advanced band class, then i'm willing to give 'em a pass and admit that they know more than i and may be in touch with some different side of the muse. Besides, i like his Quixote/Sancho/windmill sketch. But all rap sux. mostly.
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I heard he once ate at a fancy restaurant and found he left his wallet at home. So he took a napkin, drew a figure on it, and gave it to the waiter. Worth thousands now. Whatever you think about his art, anyone who can draw money is OK with me.
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:32 PM   #11
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Maybe it's like Bob Dylan or Tom Petty - not what i would call pretty - or in Dylan's case even pleasant - voice, but they have something to say that reaches many... or jazz, which beyond Dave Brubeck just tends to irritate me. But we are all the supreme judges of what we each like, fer sure fer sure!
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Picasso was all of 15 years old when he painted this self portrait:

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Picasso was all of 15 years old when he painted this self portrait:
So looks like he peaked at 15.
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So looks like he peaked at 15.
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Picasso was all of 15 years old when he painted this self portrait:
All that time spent painting that portrait - you would think he could get the lighting in the studio a little more even!
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I heard he once ate at a fancy restaurant and found he left his wallet at home. So he took a napkin, drew a figure on it, and gave it to the waiter. Worth thousands now. Whatever you think about his art, anyone who can draw money is OK with me.
That was a "Saturday Night" skit.
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How in the world did someone who paints like a pre-schooler ever get such a grand reputation?
Schmoozing and sucking up to the wherewithalls and the haveitalls. Every once in a while one is chosen to be propelled into stardom if they fill the bill for weirdness or eccentricity.

Look at Chihuly, lost of glitz and color but only so so glass. In fact he doesn't even do any glass, it's all production stuff by peons. Add a little showmanship and an eye patch and the money never stops pouring in. Don't get me wrong, Chihuly has done some great things for the studio glass movement, but most of his work leaves a lot to be desired. One of his best accomplishments;

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This was always one of my fav's. I have to see it on every trip thru the Chicago Art Institute:


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The same way that the cr*p that rappers and hip-hoppers produce is called music. Nope! Huh-uh! Not EVEN close to real music! Not only can most of them not sing, I don't think a lot of them can even speak in any definable or understandable language!

I like rap, as long as I don't have to hear any of it! And I like Picasso, as long as I don't have to look at it!
I remember a time when the "old people" told us to "turn down that noise". Some of this noise belonged to the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Pink Floyd...
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That was a "Saturday Night" skit.
I looked that up, and the skit was that picasso threw up on the napkin and it became a work of art

I also looked up the drawing on the napkin paying for his dinner, and maybe it's an urban myth, but it's recounted in several places.
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