Artists could make their works a little more collectible by behaving more eccentrically. This because – like it, or lump it – that is the stereotype many would-be patrons believe artists conform to.
In the same way that research has shown that people rate rap songs as better if they believe the rapper is black rather than white, they speculated that individuals will appraise art more positively if they believe the artist to be eccentric. In other, more ironic words, people think better of artists that conform to the stereotype of artists as unconventional.
We really need to be discouraging stereotypical thinking, but I guess if it helps an artist’s bottom line it may be worthwhile.
While it’s all in the name of art, these photos of a sniper, by Berlin based photographer Simon Menner, hiding out, somewhere, in dense bush, potentially waiting to take you out, are unsettling nonetheless.
Come 6PM this Wednesday evening, 5 February, I’ll be setting course for Sydney art gallery The Tate, located at 345 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, to check out “MA”, an exhibition, and comic book launch, of new work by New York City based Australian artist and illustrator Matt Huynh:
MA tells the story of a young married couple forced to flee their home and families by the escalating Vietnam War. In Malaysia’s Pulau Bidong refugee camps, they treasure pockets of silliness and romance as they learn to raise two boys and await news from home and of their uncertain future.
In an area of the Moon’s northern hemisphere known as Mons Hadley, resides a three-and-a-half inch high aluminum sculpture, called “Fallen Astronaut”.
The creation of Belgian artist Paul van Hoeydonck, the work – that was conveyed to the Moon by the crew of Apollo 15 in August 1971 – serves to commemorate astronauts and cosmonauts who lost their lives in the name of space exploration.
Unfortunately the sculpture today is noteworthy more for the controversy it ended up generating, more than anything else:
In reality, van Hoeydonck’s lunar sculpture, called Fallen Astronaut, inspired not celebration but scandal. Within three years, Waddell’s gallery had gone bankrupt. Scott was hounded by a congressional investigation and left NASA on shaky terms. Van Hoeydonck, accused of profiteering from the public space program, retreated to a modest career in his native Belgium. Now both in their 80s, Scott and van Hoeydonck still see themselves unfairly maligned in blogs and Wikipedia pages – to the extent that Fallen Astronaut is remembered at all.