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.
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