I’d be really interested to learn what percentage of paintings in museums are of white dudes. 50% percent possibly in more modern collections. Potentially 70% or more in traditional enclaves of Western Art. At the National Portrait Gallery’s Presidential hall it is 100%. At least until 2018, when a gentleman of color will finally join their ranks.
The recording breaking purchase of Leonard Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi has shocked the art world. $450 Million for a painting — and one that has been seriously damaged and painted over — indicates a new level of insanity for the art market. We could ruminate on how this sale illustrates the paradoxical relationship of art and capitalism. Or, we could turn our mental faculties to something juicer: who bought it?
Below, a somewhat facetious but sorta probable list of potential buyers:
10 out of 34 ain’t bad. The National Gallery in Washington offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see 30% of Vermeer’s work — for free. Read More
The Arnolfini Wedding Portrait is the art history equivalent of overanalyzing texts from that cute guy you like. Read More
Part pop art, part Japanese wood print, and part history painting, Roger Shimomura’s Crossing the Delaware represents an American masterpiece in the truest sense.
A slice of La Boheme in Boston. And a really, really pretty courtyard.
The peasants may have stormed the Bastille and the royal palaces, but the art world remains a exclusive circle.