Once upon a time a popular art hoax involved getting critics to praise a work of art, and then revealing that the work was really created by a monkey or a child, thereby proving what poor judgement the critics had. For instance, in the 1960s critics were embarrassed by the cases of Pierre Brassau, the monkey artist, as well as Willie the Painting Worm
. But I don't think that kind of hoax would work today because critics seem to be voluntarily lining up to heap praise on works by animals and infants. Paintings by asian elephants
are fetching thousands of dollars, and now a 4-year-old girl in New York, Marla Olmstead, is creating a buzz in the art world, having just had her own gallery show
. That's one of her paintings to the right. The owner of the gallery said it was his most successful show ever. The NY Times reports that "Marla has sold 24 paintings totaling nearly $40,000, with the prices going up. Her latest paintings are selling for $6,000. Some customers are on a waiting list."
I guess this proves that art is whatever critics say is art. It also proves that I'm definitely in the wrong line of work. Maybe I should branch out as the art manager for my 6-year-old niece, Astrid. She's done some very good work, if I may say so myself. For instance, her work shown below (titled: 'butterfly wings painted on a face') not only daringly uses her own face as a canvas, but also clearly evokes echoes of Picasso and Gauguin.
Insisting that only folks that do it professionally are the only "artists" is what's really sad.
The Sunday news program talked about her "discovery". How a friend with a coffee shop hung up a couple of her artworks & an art dealer saw them their & asked to show them in his gallery.
The art critic on the morning show kept comparing her to Monet.
I feel bad for this child; she's going to get pretty messed up by this when her artwork won't be selling anymore (when she's 12 or 20).
Last night's 60 Minutes story should convice all rational folks that Marla is a phony.
Is true critics don't have a clue about art anymore.