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Cleaner Mistakes $14K Worth of Art for Trash, Tosses It
Newser ^ | 02/20/2014 | By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff

Posted on 02/20/2014 12:26:43 PM PST by Responsibility2nd

Debris scattered on ground was actually part of display

(Newser) – Whoops: A cleaner at an art exhibition in Italy threw away some pieces of cardboard, cookies, and newspaper that were strewn on the floor ... not realizing they were actually part of artist Sala Murat's display. She assumed the debris was trash left behind while the display was being set up; security noticed pieces of the work were missing when the exhibit opened yesterday, but by then it had already been given to trash collectors, the BBC reports, citing local media. A rep from the cleaning firm says insurance will cover the art's value, estimated to be nearly $14,000.

"It's clear the cleaning person did not realize she had thrown away two works and their value," the city marketing commissioner says. "But this is all about the artists who have been able to better interpret the meaning of contemporary art, which is to interact with the environment."



TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: art; italy; trash
Gee, what a shame. The insurance compnay should toss 'em a ten dollar bill and tell 'em to go get more supplies.
1 posted on 02/20/2014 12:26:43 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Sh*t like this happens when art looks too much like trash. I think $10 is overly generous.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 12:29:43 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s only worth $14k if someone is willing to pay $14k for it.

My guess is the custodial staff had it right the first time...


3 posted on 02/20/2014 12:30:27 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Cleaner Mistakes $14K Worth of Art for Trash, Tosses It

No mistake.

4 posted on 02/20/2014 12:30:36 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Alternative Title of Story: Cleaner Becomes Art Critic


5 posted on 02/20/2014 12:31:48 PM PST by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Exactly. The “artist” might think the “work” is worth $10MM, and might even get a bunch for it, but their only actual loss (what must be replaced for them to be made whole) is the value of the supplies (which they probably pulled out of a dumpster for “authenticity”) and the value of their time in arranging the stuff, which should be a half an hour or less, having already done it once. Give them $50 and tell them they’re no longer welcome to leave trash on the ground in front of the cleaners, or they’ll be arrested for trespassing.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 12:32:01 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I have several bags of trash I’m willing to part with for, say, $10 each. Good investment for possible future returns once I’m “recognized.”


7 posted on 02/20/2014 12:32:13 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The custodian should be made to replace the exhibit from stuff that comes out of his trash bin — and then be allowed to call himself an artist.


8 posted on 02/20/2014 12:32:21 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Responsibility2nd

Someone deserves a position as an Art Critic.


9 posted on 02/20/2014 12:33:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd

"In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 Bucks."

10 posted on 02/20/2014 12:33:03 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Responsibility2nd

I once sat on a piece of “art” at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. It was a 6’long, 2’ square, rectangular box section of steel painted matte black. It sure looked like a bench to me.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 12:33:47 PM PST by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: Yo-Yo
It’s only worth $14k if someone is willing to pay $14k for it.

And even then, for the actual costs involved in creating the work, say $50, they could have a new one to sell for $14K anyway, so no need to pay them $14K.

12 posted on 02/20/2014 12:34:14 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Society has fallen so far that trash on the floor is “art”

jeez


13 posted on 02/20/2014 12:34:18 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
She assumed the debris was trash left behind while the display was being set up;

Finally, an art critic who recognizes true art........

14 posted on 02/20/2014 12:34:45 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: KosmicKitty

I’m thinking of insuring my garage for a million bucks.

But Mrs. R2 says no. Just clean it out already!


15 posted on 02/20/2014 12:35:20 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Another story of something failing the "Night janitor test of modern art". If the janitor tosses it out, it isn't really art.

Mona Lisa: nice picture of a young lady, keep.

Jackson Pollock canvas: looks like the painting crew forgot a drop cloth so toss it out.

Duchamp's Fountain: What idiot union plumber just knocked off at 5:00 and left a urinal in the display area? Out it goes.

16 posted on 02/20/2014 12:36:44 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The artist should just include the cleaning lady in this work, and label it as Performance Art.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 12:39:12 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Responsibility2nd

As I always say;

“ART” today can be a booger with a hair in it!


18 posted on 02/20/2014 12:39:16 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I went and looked at a picture of the display. I’d have been helping him bag it up.


19 posted on 02/20/2014 12:39:18 PM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“....threw away some pieces of cardboard, cookies, and newspaper that were strewn on the floor ... not realizing they were actually part of artist Sala Murat’s display.<

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It must’ve been trashy “art” anyway — the only thing of any value were the cookies if they were not stale.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 12:40:27 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, if it looks like trash...

There’s your final review.


21 posted on 02/20/2014 12:40:37 PM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Reminds me of Communist Goals, January 10, 1963.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.

22 posted on 02/20/2014 12:41:08 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Responsibility2nd
Mrs WBill took (dragged) me to an art museum this weekend. 'Tis Valentine's Day, and all that.

Half of the exhibit was some sort of ancient Asian sketches and art. Not really my cup of tea, but I could look at it, say "Yep, that's art.", and at least appreciate it for what it was.

The Modern Art, not so much. My comment was that I've got quite a bit of modern art piled in my garage, and it needs to get hauled to the dump.

It was entertaining, however, to listen to a bunch of fatuous, pompous gasbags saying things like "Observe the flow." "Look at the motion" "What Balance!!" about a pile of old rusted water heaters with a dirty tarp thrown over them (seriously, that's what it was). Truly, some people live in a different reality than us.

23 posted on 02/20/2014 12:41:18 PM PST by wbill
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To: wbill

mental illness has become normal, unfortunately


24 posted on 02/20/2014 12:43:41 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

25 posted on 02/20/2014 12:43:41 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: All

10cc: Art For Art’s Sake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIb34oA7Q-Q


26 posted on 02/20/2014 12:44:09 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Mistakes?

Face it, that “art” was trash.

Now for some real art we can always find a crucifix and put into some urine......


27 posted on 02/20/2014 12:46:16 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

I gotta to go to the bathroom and leave a work of art.


28 posted on 02/20/2014 12:48:03 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Responsibility2nd

Shred 14,000 dollars , toss the pieces in a ballroom full of art critics and watch elbows fly,,

Art is relative, maybe it reminded her of her Uncle, Arturo.


29 posted on 02/20/2014 12:48:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Rodamala

Clean-Up ,, Gallery 3!!

Is the janitor union?


30 posted on 02/20/2014 12:49:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What was the recycle value?

That is the true worth.


31 posted on 02/20/2014 12:54:14 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ("The Pen" has a nice ring to it, kind of like "Graybar Hotel")
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To: Jack of all Trades

Man I worked for had some “art” in his office.

I thought it was something one of his kids painted while in grade school.

Turned out to be some famous Mexican artist and worth around $100,000.

Never knew a painting with “balloon” trees could be worth $5 much less $100,000.


32 posted on 02/20/2014 12:55:03 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m not sure his conclusion was wrong....


33 posted on 02/20/2014 12:55:33 PM PST by Homer1
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To: Responsibility2nd

Take this story with a grain of salt. In the last two years I read identical stories to this only one was in California and the other was in New York. In each a janitor was supposed to have thrown away a museum/gallery art exhibit thinking it was trash. Maybe this does happen all the time or maybe it is just one of those urban legends that makes the rounds every six months or so. (Like the supposed new Pastor who shows up for services at his new church the first time dressed as a homeless man and sits in the back row. Everyone ignores him and treats him badly until he walks up to the pulpit and reveals his true identity thus shaming the whole congregation and teaching them a lesson. I’ve been seeing that one every six months for the last 6 years and each time the names and places involved change.)


34 posted on 02/20/2014 1:01:27 PM PST by circlecity
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To: circlecity
I don't doubt that it might be a recycled story. "Fake but Accurate". :-)

But the modern "art" I saw this past weekend (see prior post) was real. As were the fools potificating over it.

35 posted on 02/20/2014 1:06:31 PM PST by wbill
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To: Responsibility2nd

Gallery mistakes trash for art, values it at 14K.

Fixed it.


36 posted on 02/20/2014 1:10:00 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Responsibility2nd

14K for cookie wrappers?

I’m in the wrong damn business!


37 posted on 02/20/2014 1:12:22 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: circlecity
It is not the first time artwork has been accidentally thrown away by a cleaner.

In 2001, a Damien Hirst installation at London's Eyestorm Gallery consisting of a collection of beer bottles, coffee cups and overflowing ashtrays was cleared away.

Later, in 2004, a bag of paper and cardboard by German artist Gustav Metzger was also thrown out while on a display at Tate Britain.

From the linked BBC article.

38 posted on 02/20/2014 1:12:30 PM PST by heartwood
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To: wbill

Your post reminded me of when I took my mom to the MoMA in NYC for the day for fun once.

We were standing in front of a square of black paint on the wall listening to the black turtleneck set (the fatuous pompous gasbags) pontificate about the “social significance of the work” etc.

My mom craned her neck forward, pushed her glasses up on her nose, clutched her purse to her chest, and loudly stated “THAT’S CRAP!!” within full earshot of the entire gallery.

I nearly keeled over from laughing so hard...LOL...


39 posted on 02/20/2014 1:17:24 PM PST by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Looked like trash to me. Would have done the same thing. But then art is art.

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40 posted on 02/20/2014 1:20:50 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I just knocked over my trash can in my cubicle- they can have it for $10K


41 posted on 02/20/2014 1:21:39 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: LizardQueen

I remember going to an art gallery with my college are history course, and there was a piece of crap hangin on the wall.

The professor got into a discussion with the student about how it was good ‘art’ because of “his politics”. I remember thinking “what the hell does his politics have to do with this stain of a blob of paint on the wall”

So apperently if you think the ‘correct’ way it’s art. Otherwise its a pile of trash. I am sure thie ‘artist’ has good politics.


42 posted on 02/20/2014 1:26:03 PM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: LizardQueen
loudly stated “THAT’S CRAP!!”

I thought it, pretty loudly. Kept my mouth shut, in the interest of preserving the marital peace. :-)

One of the pieces I saw this past weeked was three large squares on the wall, each a slightly different shade of blue. The artist said it was to "Help Homosexuals achieve equality in society by bringing together all people to....." etc etc etc. That's the only one that got me laughing aloud.

Really, I walked out of the exhibit thinking "I can be a modern artist. Easy-peasy." I think it would just be a matter of saying the right socially correct, vapid things about whatever "work" I choose to display. Then, if someone calls "BS", it would only be a matter of feigning disgust / disdain and saying, "You're simple unable to comprehend the motivation behind the artiste.", or somesuch.

Only problem would be needing to engage with the vapid morons on a regular basis. And, wrestle with my conscience...is it wrong to take advantage of people, when they WANT to be taken advantage of? :-)

43 posted on 02/20/2014 1:27:34 PM PST by wbill
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To: wbill

Yes, the “art” is in the description and the price tag, not the actual “piece” LOL.

I was at the Guggenheim in NY with a friend and there was a thing on the wall that I was actually oddly attracted to.
It was a lot of splats of ketchup red and mustard gold, with some silvery aluminum shards and chunks in it.

The title was something really obscure, like “Torment of the Palladins” or something.

I went up to the docent and said “I like that one. It should be named ‘Tornado Hit The Deli’” .

My friend wanted to sink into the floor LOL but the docent actually laughed and said that he loves hearing about what people see in the stuff. To him, that was the art, not the thing on the wall. It was like a Rorsach test. Clearly, I was hungry LOL.


44 posted on 02/20/2014 1:38:30 PM PST by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I would be happy to donate a can of garbage for this guy for free.

I have ZERO respect for “shock” artists and other clown artists like this. Throwing garbage on the floor is not art. It does not inspire interacting with our environments. It does not encourage thought provoking activity. It’s garbage on the floor.


45 posted on 02/20/2014 2:18:10 PM PST by Organic Panic
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