For some reason, the voting for Julio Aguilera has been pushed back two weeks. So, the voting will start at 9 AM GMT on July 28, 2008. Don’t worry; I’ll remind everyone the day before and the day of.
The Saatchi Gallery Online, the internet presence for one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world, is holding a competition, with success determined by votes. I would love to influence this process. Julio Aguilera deserves to win because (1) he is a kick-ass artist, (2) he is a nice guy and (3) I have several of his pieces; his winning would make their value increase.
So, I’d appreciate it if you would vote for Saatchi and spread the word. Voting starts at 9 AM, so click here to vote eary and vote often!
This piece is “Geometric Mona,” a variation of Leonardo DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa,” painted in Aguilera’s signature geometric/cubist style. In fact, this is the review photo that Aguilera sent to The Saatchi Gallery to secure their interest in displaying his work on the website.
Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #5 is on fire!!! The latest painting in Nelson Diaz’s $1 auction experiment is already up to $285, and there are still 5 1/2 days of bidding left. I have no idea where this is going to wind up, but I have a feeling that this auction might be able to pass the $745 price tag that #1 fetched. I don’t want to discourage anyone from bidding, though. Keep in mind that #2 and #4 went for just over $200, and #3 sold for only slightly more than $100. But, this one could go nuts! Only this morning, the bidding was at a hair over $100. Now, it’s shot through the roof.
I have to admit, I am jealous. I do think this is the best of the series so far, and I’m not shocked to see that the bidding has shot up so quickly. I just hope that whoever buys it does so because he loves it.
Auctions for Self-Portrait with Pipe, 2008 #3 and #4 closed late last night, making two eBay users incredibly happy. Each painting normally would fetch several thousand dollars. But, as a result of a Grand Experiment by Nelson Diaz, #4 fetched $112.50 to what appears to be a user in France. #3 sold for slightly more, $203.50.
The first painting in this series sold for a substantial $745, but this appears to have been an isolated incident. Two bidders engaged in a last-minute battle to win Self-Portrait with Pipe #1. The second installment in the series, which I own (!!!!!) sold for only $202.50. At this point, the auctions stabilized.
The fifth piece is now going under the virtual gavel. The auction began last night, almost as soon as the third and fourth ended. The action is already hot. Though it only became available last night, #5 is already at $102.50, and I’m betting that user’s maximum bid is actually higher (I bid it up to $100, and it turned over to an awkward amount, which means there’s probably more financial muscle behind this bid).
SoHo-based artist Nelson Diaz is stepping up the pace. The accomplished artist, whose work is held in the New York Academy of Art and The Eileen Guggenheim Collection, is auctioning two more paintings as a way to protest art market inflation. Using eBay to communicate this unique political message, Diaz has elected to begin the bidding at $1 and has set a price objective of $300 per painting … at most.
Diaz embarked on this project following the May 2008 Christie’s Contemporary Art Auction, at which a triptych by British master Francis Bacon fetched a princely sum of $86 million. Based on conversations he had had with Bacon during a weekend in 1985, Diaz is convinced that the eccentric and reclusive genius would not have been happy with the prices collectors are willing to pay for his work. Thus, the “Grand eBay Experiment,” as Diaz calls it, is a show of respect for and solidarity with Bacon.
Currently, the bids for both auctions are still at $1, but much could change in the next 6+ days. Keep an eye on these auctions, and don’t be afraid to participate!
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.
As followers of this blog know, I’ve been watching Nelson Diaz’s eBay experiment closely. So far, the price is up to $56. Well, he has put together a video explaining his thinking. Check it out.