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Is this potato art?
« on: January 29, 2016, 12:03:42 PM »

This article on the sale of an image of a potato for 1,000,000 Euros was posted on CNN. Personally, I think this is insane and the potato has no artistic value. What do you think?

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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2016, 12:27:16 PM »

Do you think it less insane to pay $500,000 for a portrait photograph?

(Perhaps for some $500,000 is not even 5˘)

Let's not forget, Kevin Abosch is a visual artist.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2016, 12:45:21 PM »

Someone needed an exclusive photo of a potato from an exclusive photographer to validate themselves. I'd say art is personal and subjective.

If I could get away with selling that stuff to rich clients, I would without hesitation.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2016, 12:48:37 PM »

This article on the sale of an image of a potato for 1,000,000 Euros was posted on CNN. Personally, I think this is insane and the potato has no artistic value. What do you think?

Potato

Bill
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2016, 01:36:13 PM »

I think this is insane and the potato has no artistic value. What do you think?

Unfortunately, these are two completely separate questions, and the price has nothing to do, at all, with the artistic value of the image.

You may want to check this out: High End Art: Everything You NEVER Wanted To Know.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2016, 01:41:46 PM »

Hi Bill,

I usually buy my potatoes for 2.5€ a kg, so I think this one is somewhat overpriced.

Best regards
Erik


This article on the sale of an image of a potato for 1,000,000 Euros was posted on CNN. Personally, I think this is insane and the potato has no artistic value. What do you think?

Potato

Bill

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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2016, 01:51:06 PM »

The potato sale simply proves Barnum's theorem once again.

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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2016, 01:56:47 PM »

It's not anything I would buy or want but I never want to label someone else's creation not art. Just because I don't like or understand it doesn't make it something other than art if the person who created it intended to make art.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2016, 02:43:32 PM »

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…Kevin Abosch is a CONCEPTUAL artist from my point of view, who uses camera as a tool close to him. His ethical behaviour within a complicated story called art is the core truth about Kevin Abosch, who will not allow, like some classical photographers or photography critics have, not to notice the person who is being photographed, but he will remove himself and put a person in his place to stand freely in front of the camera and Kevin Abosch!

So there!
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2016, 03:05:19 PM »

I usually buy my potatoes for 2.5€ a kg, so I think this one is somewhat overpriced.

My potatoes cost 0.69 to 0.89€ per kg, so your potatoes must be more artsy than mine.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2016, 03:46:29 PM »

Hi,

Yes I buy some special kind, that is good for baking but a bit expensive.

Best regards
Erik

My potatoes cost 0.69 to 0.89€ per kg, so your potatoes must be more artsy than mine.

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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2016, 04:43:36 PM »

Maybe Kevin Abosch sees something in the potato that speaks to him. Like it means something and maybe for some strange reason it tells him to go to the Devil's Tower in Wyoming in order to meet up with the mother ship.

Wait a minute...wasn't there a movie about that except with mashed potatoes?  ;)
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2016, 05:09:38 PM »

Maybe Kevin Abosch sees something in the potato that speaks to him....

He is Irish.

As side note, the sale seems like a good news for my home country, as the second print of the said potato was apparently donated to a museum in Serbia.

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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2016, 05:40:25 PM »

… the second print of the said potato was apparently donated to a museum in Serbia.

The "…Kevin Abosch is a CONCEPTUAL artist from my point of view, …" was written by a Zivko Grozdanic, Novi Sad.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2016, 05:57:45 PM »

Tim,

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Maybe Kevin Abosch sees something in the potato that speaks to him...

Dinner (speaks to an empty stomach)? Or do you mean the potato literally "speaks to him"?
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2016, 06:03:05 PM »

Hi,

Yes I buy some special kind, that is good for baking but a bit expensive.

Best regards
Erik

If you buy more expensive potatoes, does that make you a better chef?  Or could St. Ansel have done just as well with a cheaper potato?

Tom
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2016, 08:59:01 PM »

Tim,

Dinner (speaks to an empty stomach)? Or do you mean the potato literally "speaks to him"?

I was thinking more of a "Close Encounter Of The Third Kind" if you happened to not gleam my reference to the movie in my previous post.

Several days ago cable TV news HLN's Jennifer Westhoven was explaining to Robin Meade the list of artistic attributes that qualifies the photo as art which I think went something like...

1. Color
2. Texture
3. Positive/Negative space
4. Shape
5. Lighting...and uh...I think she may have added specific to the Irish...
6. Distillation...as in potato vodka.

All qualities the potato photo clearly possesses.

Though I could be wrong on that last one. That list does resemble something I would've picked up in my art appreciation class back in the '70's in college.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2016, 09:47:02 PM »

Odder things have sold for more money, but this one is fairly clearly a hoax.
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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2016, 10:27:03 PM »

...this one is fairly clearly a hoax.

Huh!? How so? Are you saying the story is completely fabricated? That he hasn't already sold his celebrity portraits for up to half a million?

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Re: Is this potato art?
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2016, 11:54:48 PM »

No, it's specifically the sake of the potato that has the true of a hoax, and not even one the artist is trying to conceal particularly.

The astronomical price and anonymous buyer, and the tongue in cheek artist's statement are not exactly subtle.
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