another sinkhole of time
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Archive for April, 2008
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that is at work at least …
friends and family, do not despair
The experiment consisted of having Luc Tuymans (million selling Belgian painter) paint a large painting on the wall of a building in a rahter crowder zone with lots of passers by. The wall was hidden behind covers when the painting was applied, once the painting was finished, the covers were removed and the passers by were counted to find out how many people would stop to look at it. Turned out it was 4%, the other 96% didn’t even bother to glimpse at it.
Now in itself there is a whole discussion on the point whether 4% is good outcome (considering the fact that this is approximately your museum or gallery going populace (or even more than that) and that the street is not an environment where Tuyman’s rather soft work comes to it’s full capacity).
But this discussion aside it shows about the mindset of some people. There are those who notice that art in itself is worth more and it’s a shame so little people have attention and spend time to good art. There are others who point out that art is overrated and once taken out of its protective neigbourhood, it fails to live up to its expectations.
Case in point is that in this concrete example there are two artists with a rather international exposure but raised through different channels which shows in the end. Banksy who got his fame bottom up (starting with the “regular folk” and then ending up in art-scene environments) and Tuymans who got most of his fame top down. And then the street wins …
Just check for yourself:
Luc Tuymans painting filmed (and counted) for 48 hours :
Banksy painting filmed for 24 hours :