Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Crazy Art Facts

1. Tamsin van Essen is a British ceramic designer who creates cups that appear to have been infected by bacteria.

2. Vomit painter Millie Brown creates art by drinking colored milk and regurgitating it back onto canvas.

3. English sculptor spent five years working on his controversial artwork "Great Wall of Vagina", casting plaster molds of 400 vulvas of women aged 18 to 76.

4. Italian artist Piero Manzoni shit into 90 tin cans to create a work of art, each containing 30g of shit. 

5. In 2005, an artist bought the fat from Silvio Berlusconi’s liposuction and made a bar of soap out of it that then got sold for $18,000.

6. There is a museum dedicated to bad art. 

7. A High Court judge ordered an art storage company to pay £350,000 for accidentally binning artwork by Turner Prize winner Anish Kapoor.

8. Andy Warhol created a number of "Piss Paintings" created by some of his friends urinating on canvases that had been primed with copper-based paint.

9. Dutch artist Bart Jansen turned his pet cat into a remote controlled helicopter after it had been hit by a car, he called this unique piece of artwork the 'Orvillecopte'.

10. There is a museum dedicated to non-visible art.

Top 10 most expensive paintings

I like looking at the top 10 most expensive paintings as I like to pretend that if one of my paintings sold for millions and millions then I can daydream as to what I would spend the money on. It would be interesting what the artist originally sold the painting for too but I'm not sure if there's a way of finding that out. 

10. The Scream by Edvard Munch - $123.7 million

If one of my paintings sold for $123 million dollars I would be tempted to buy an island, have a look at this website where you can buy or rent an island. It's like wow! 

9. Garçon à la pipe by Pablo Picasso - $130.6 million

If one of my paintings sold for $130 million dollars I would be tempted to buy a private jet. Can you imagine just being able to fly anywhere in the world you wanted at the drop of a hat. You could ask the pilot to do an unexpected loop the loop just to put the willies up your mates (ex mates) before you land ha ha ha.

8. Bal du moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir  - $143.3 million

So if one of my paintings sold for £143 million I would buy a convertible Morris Minor in black with red leather seats and I would travel around the world in it so I would probably end up selling my private jet as I would have more fun in the Morris Minor on land. 

7. Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon - $144.5 million

So if one of my paintings sold for £144 million I would buy an old derelict mill a bit like this one in Halifax, West Yorkshire and turn it into my home, studio, gallery, pub, disco and gym. Oo and maybe my own brewery on site and butchers, yes I like the sound of that. Forget buying the tropical island. 

6. Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh - $151.4 million

Not sure how much a Mallard steam train would cost but I'm thinking I could afford one if one of my paintings sold for £151 million. It would be amazing to travel around the world on a Mallard, like the a working class version of the Orient Express. I would name her "Ee by gum can your belly touch your bum" ha ha.

5. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Gustav Klimt -  $157.7 million

I feel like I have bought enough now with my converted mill, Morris Minor and Mallard steam train but I think I would now build a huge indoor water park next to my mill with slides, waves machines and Jacuzzi's. My bed would tip forward in the morning and I would drop out of the bottom and down a very long and fast water slide where I would splash into a huge pool at the end. What a perfect way to wake up, especially if there was a full English breakfast waiting for me after a long swim. 

4. Le Rêve by Pablo Picasso  - $157.9 million

With £157 million dollars I think I would like to buy a state of the art, eco friendly sports centre for my local town in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire as my local sports centre is closing down. It would be open 24 hours a day and I would get Arnold Schwarzenegger to open it. It would also be free for the residents of Cleckheaton.

3. Woman III by Willem de Kooning -  $161.8 million

With £161 million dollars I would re-build my local town of Cleckheaton and get rid of the local supermarket in order for everyone to buy from the local shops. All the shops would be built with wheel chair, push chair access and be eco friendly by running off solar power or wind power. I would get the Queen to open the town up and have a massive street party and I would go for a cup of tea and a full English breakfast with her. 

2. No. 5, 1948 by Jason Pollock  - $164.7 million

It's hard work working out what to do with all this money. Apart from giving lots of money to charity I would like a theatre and concert venue in my local town of Cleckheaton but nobody would play at the venue and charge ridiculous amounts of money to play. I like the Roundhouse in London so would have the concert venue built like that and have the theatre built like a smaller version of the Alhambra in Bradford. I would like Helen Mirren to open the theatre and star in the opening play of "The Audience". To open the concert venue I'm thinking I would like David Bowie with all his previous outfits worn throughout the show. 

1. The Card Players by Paul Cézanne - $273 million (just coughed up a lung at the price)

WOW! $273 million dollars for a painting, now that is a lot of money. I wonder where the owner has hung it in their house? Locked away in a vault with thick steel doors like on a James Bond movie or just hung over the fireplace? I've got the shopping and entertainment covered in my local town of Cleckheaton so with $273 million dollars lets go for a state of the art hospital with a research centre that will find the cure for all illness's by the year 2016. Might also need a miracle for that to happen but its worth a go. 

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