I love to draw and make art. I am by no means an art critic or aficionado. I know what I like and I know what I would hang in my house, and I know when I draw something that pleases me. I have no idea what makes something valuable.
Since I collect animation cells I have a pretty good idea of the market and what they are worth and why. Past that small area of knowledge, I am clueless.
This article/ad in the LA Times caught my attention this morning. It is an acrylic on board 91 x 73 inches done by a Japanese artist named Yoshitomo Nara.
I don't know the artist who is about 50 years old, nor do I know what else he/she has done. I suppose that Yoshitomo could have done something so outstanding that even his/her scribbles on a piece of board would be valuable, but until I do some research this is the only example of Yoshitomo's art I am familiar with.
Now here is where my mind gets completely blown. The reason this painting was in the paper is because it recently sold at auction for $935,991.00. Some one paid almost a million dollars for this painting.
I know there are artists who read this blog. I know that lots of people who might find this blog by mistake know more about art than I do...so... could someone please explain this one to me?
I have to admit I am baffled. It seems to me that I could find similar "Art" in most any kindergarten coloring book.
I am not trying to be boorish, critical, stupid or mundane, I just want to understand what I am missing here. Someone? Anyone?
As you were,