"the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance."
Now, can anyone please point out to me where the "of more than ordinary significance" element in this picture is? Well, you probably cannot, because, let's be honest, it's nothing more than a piece of crap (excuse my french)
BUT! Ladies and gentlemen, apparently the folks at Christie's have a rather, strikingly, different opinion.
This.. thing, you see before you, was sold at a Christie's auction last Wednesday for (I kid you not!) 30 million dollars...!!!!
If you click on the photo, it will take you to the Christie's website, posted there is a video of the sale (in case you don't believe me..)
Maybe I'm missing the point here? Maybe I do not have what people call "an artistic eye"? But really! A four year old can smudge paint on a piece of canvas! You don't need to be an "artist" to do that!!
Mark Rothko, the creator of this masterpiece (yes, it was actually described as a masterpiece..!) was a Russian-born, Jewish American painter. I thought that mentioning a bit about the talented artist who smudged this exquisite pathetic excuse of an art piece on a 93 x 76 in. sheet of canvas, is very important. Why is that? Because I have come to a very strong conviction, that art is NOT measured by the qualities of the piece, the meaning behind it, the emotions it captured.. etc. but rather WHO the artist is...