Skip to comments.Cleaner Mistakes $14K Worth of Art for Trash, Tosses It
Posted on 02/20/2014 12:26:43 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
(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."
Sh*t like this happens when art looks too much like trash. I think $10 is overly generous.
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...
Alternative Title of Story: Cleaner Becomes Art Critic
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.
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.”
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.
Someone deserves a position as an Art Critic.
"In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 Bucks."
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.
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.
Society has fallen so far that trash on the floor is “art”
Finally, an art critic who recognizes true art........
I’m thinking of insuring my garage for a million bucks.
But Mrs. R2 says no. Just clean it out already!
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.
The artist should just include the cleaning lady in this work, and label it as Performance Art.
As I always say;
“ART” today can be a booger with a hair in it!
I went and looked at a picture of the display. I’d have been helping him bag it up.
“....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.<
It must’ve been trashy “art” anyway — the only thing of any value were the cookies if they were not stale.
Well, if it looks like trash...
There’s your final review.
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.
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.
mental illness has become normal, unfortunately
10cc: Art For Art’s Sake
Face it, that “art” was trash.
Now for some real art we can always find a crucifix and put into some urine......
I gotta to go to the bathroom and leave a work of art.
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.
Clean-Up ,, Gallery 3!!
Is the janitor union?
What was the recycle value?
That is the true worth.
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.
I’m not sure his conclusion was wrong....
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.)
But the modern "art" I saw this past weekend (see prior post) was real. As were the fools potificating over it.
Gallery mistakes trash for art, values it at 14K.
14K for cookie wrappers?
I’m in the wrong damn business!
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.
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...
I just knocked over my trash can in my cubicle- they can have it for $10K
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.
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? :-)
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.
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.