Monday, July 23, 2007

What The Hell's Going On Here?

Do you ever get so enmeshed with the details of a particular notion that you don't fully explain the gist of it to the public at large? And then, just when you expect people to be following along closely, you find, instead, that they have no clue as to what's acually going on and are drifting off the back of the pack?

All of which brings me to The Annotated Murdoch.

This, I want to tell you, is exactly what's happening:

First, the painting as it stands now ...



Tomorrow, I will roll up the thing, transport it to a public space in front of the headquarters of The Wall Street Journal (and Dow Jones & Company), restretch it and stand there, magic markers in hand, asking people to spend a part of their lunch hour inscribing on the actual surface of the painting, their thoughts about Mr. Murdoch and what his acquisition of the paper will mean. As a stroke of brilliance, I've purchased both red and black markers--black for the general public and red for Dow Jones employees.

The mind reels!

Weather permitting, I will exhibit through Friday afternoon (possibly with a supplemental exhibition in front of the NYSE).

At the same time as all this is going on, the painting itself will be up for auction on eBay. The best way to find it, by the way, is to search for "Portrait of Rupert Murdoch."

And so, for these brief moments, The Year of Magical Painting (Season 2) will be transformed into The Year of Magical Markers.

I fully expect to make a killing.

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