Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Portraiture Takes a Hit

Troubling news re. the relative wisdom of portrait painting.

That being: the sale of this picture...

... an unusual vertical composition by Jackson Pollock, previously owned by David Geffen and sold to a currently unknown second party in a private sale for about $140 mill, has knocked poor Adele Bloch-Bauer down to second on the all-time most expensive paintings list.

I take some comfort in that the Pollock is painted in portrait format rather than landscape--to use MS Word terminology. Scant comfort, but still...


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