Two and a half months after the idea arose, the project has come to a conclusion. SoHo artist Nelson Diaz finished his last $1 art auction on eBay at 7pm. The painting, Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #10, sold for $355 to a collector who had already participated in this series.
Diaz considers the project a success, having put 10 paintings in the hands of the art collecting public for a fraction of what they would have to spend normally to enjoy his work. The propagation of the aesthetic has occurred.
But, the work is not over. Diaz is currently exploring new ideas for making art accessible to those who are not absurdly wealthy. New ideas are coming, and you’ll see them here first.
Please see below for coverage of Nelson Diaz’s $1 art auction project on eBay. The world, needless to say, has been quite interested in this project.
Well, the second $1 auction by rebel artist Nelson Diaz has come to a close, and I can proudly say that I am the owner of another Nelson Diaz original. I’m quite excited about this and can’t wait to hang it up. I haven’t decided if I’m going to hang it at work or at home yet. Tough call.
Here’s the dilemma. Sometimes when I’m at work, I need some “art therapy.” I need to infuse the aesthetic into the daily grind. Writing about the stuff I cover at the office can get dry, and I just need to behold something creative. I keep a few books at my desk for this reason: Rene Magritte and Francis Bacon. From time to time, I wander the halls and check out the work selected by our interior designers. It can get me through a slump, but it isn’t the same as having my own canvas above my desk.
But, there are security concerns, and I’d hate to see the painting stolen. On the other hand, none of the company’s stuff has been stolen, but I don’t know how firmly they have been fastened to the walls.
When Nelson Diaz put “Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008” on eBay, he had hoped the price would not exceed $300. The auction, which began at 10 PM on June 15, 2008, ended last night. The winning bid was $745, and the buyer’s identity is not readily available. Despite the fact that the painting sold for twice Nelson’s objective, it is still far below the price the painting would have fetched in a private sale.
For those who missed the previous opportunity, Diaz has already begun his next auction, which is set to expire on June 29, 2008. As always, the bidding starts at $1.
For anyone familiar with Nelson’s art, this is a real steal. More important, it’s a chance to participate in a revolution. As Nelson fights the art market, he needs the help of those who are not obscenely wealthy and merely want to participate in the thrill of having an original hanging on the wall.