The art world is not immune from the bizarre and downright strange.
Here are a few examples of items from around the world that have caught my eye over the past few weeks.
Forgetful Art Dealer
Now I would be the first to confess that I am a forgetful person. However, even I would remember if I was carrying a picture worth $1.5 million in a taxi, to remember to take it when I reached my destination.
Well, one French Art Dealer must have had a lot on his mind when he alighted from a taxi in Paris. Why,? because he completely forgot that he had stowed away the painting in the cabbies boot for safety.
Even more bizarre, he didn’t realise his mistake until the next day! ($1.5 million paintings must be two a penny to him)
He tried to locate the taxi he had used without success and had to report the incident to the police. Lucky for him the cab driver was honest and within a couple of days, the painting was reunited with the dealer. The painting was called ‘Concetto Spaziale’ by Lucio Fontana.
I would lay odds that he won’t do that again!
It’s official, a pineapple is a piece of Art.
Two university students purchased a pineapple from a local store for a £1. As a bit of a prank, they left the fruit at the ‘Look Again’ exhibition at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood building in Scotland, hoping that it might be mistaken for art. They saw an empty display stand and placed the pineapple on it.
You can imagine their surprise and amazement when 4 days later they returned to find the pineapple had been proudly put inside its own glass display case at the event. The student responsible said, “it’s the funniest thing that has happened all year. My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.”
On the same subject, two young people in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the USA questioned the artistic merits of some of the work on display. One of them took off his glasses and placed them on the floor under a piece of official looking paper. It wasn’t long before people started milling around the exhibit taking pictures and discussing its merits.
He took photographs and put them on twitter. He was amazed at the interest it gendered. He now has one of the most famous pairs of glasses in the world. He has no intention of selling his now internet-famous eyewear – but he had an alternative idea.
“My glasses are Burberry, so a sponsorship would be nice,” he joked.
It goes to show in the world of installation art, you can pass anything off as a piece of art and pull the wool over a lot of gullible people!
The Art Ripper
Another quite strange thing happened in a Gallery in Colorado recently. The gallery received three suspicious phone conversations with the number blocked. They were asking if they were displaying any work by Christopher Wool. They confirmed that they had one piece on display by the artist.
Within days, a man entered the Gallery disguised with hat, false beard and sunglasses. He made straight for the Christopher Wool picture and proceeded to slash it.
The painting is reported to be worth £2.3 million pounds and the Gallery owner believes the painting is destroyed and not repairable.
The police and gallery owner are mystified why this particular artist was targeted when there were more expensive works on display by Chagall and Picasso.
Perhaps he doesn’t like Wood’s work or has a grudge against him. We won’t know the reason until he has been apprehended. In the meantime, he has become known as the ‘ Colorado Wood Slasher.’