The Mona Lisa Curse
a 2008 British documentary by the art critic Robert Hughes which discusses the transformation of art into commodity. Hughes compares the Mona Lisa, with Damien Hirst’s, diamond encrusted skull,”For the Love of God” with saying:
“What ties the Mona Lisa to this glittery bobble is their role in a giant shift in the art world, that shift is all about money. It’s a story that I’ve watch unfold during the last 50 years. I’ve seen with growing disgust; the fetishization of art, the vast inflation of prices, and the effect of this on artists and museums. The entanglement of big money with art has become a curse on how art is made, controlled, and above all – in the way that it’s experienced. And this curse has affected the entire art world.”
(….)“Apart from drugs, art is the biggest unregulated market in the world, with contemporary art sales estimated at around $18 billion a year.” Hughes makes a case that this commercialization of contemporary art has lead to “… the consequences of such prices, was that art became admired, not through any critical perspective, but for its price tag. Auction houses were the new arbiters of taste. … The prices, they have a cultural function – their cultural function is to strike you blind, so that you can’t make your own judgments.” “The entanglement of big money with art has become a curse on how art is made, controlled, and above all – in the way that it’s experienced.”
In this 12 part YouTube version I was able to embed the playlist for all of the movies in one viewer, the 12 parts should play as one long video without you having to do anything however you can also click on the (rollover) thumbnails or use the next and back arrow buttons to navigate. This video has made the rounds on many other art blogs but I just saw the entire video for the first time today and figured that many readers of this blog might have missed this important video as well and would appreciate another chance to see it. note: YouTube removed this video awhile back – see note below for new version)
(10/18/12 – note, I found the full length version of this video available on YouTube again so I’m re-posting it – not sure how long it will be available but perhaps it will help someone who hasn’t yet seen it…)
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