September 1, 2011

Cost of labor not included

Currency - by Denis Beaubois
This is art.  Funded by us.  $20,000 worth of new $100 notes.

The neat pile is accompanied by a typed list of the serial numbers on the notes.

Last night, in Melbourne, the artwork was sold for $17,500, excluding commissions, GST and whatnot.

Pop art fails dollar parity

6 comments:

  1. I'm loving this comment from under the article...

    "Well, technically the artist didn't lose anything, seeings he produced the 'art piece' with government funds - so in the end it was the taxpayer who took the loss.

    I'm thinking of applying for a grant myself - my piece will be a 10 minute video of me losing $20,000 on poker machines. It will explore the subject matter of the tension between the economic value of a night at Crown Casino against the intelligence level of the people gifting government arts grants... And I won't even charge a buyer's fee!
    TaxPayer | Melbourne - September 01, 2011, 7:17AM"

    Chazz

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  2. I fear he didn't even type up the serial numbers; I suspect the bank handed him the notes, along with the list.

    I'd be asking for my commission if I was the bank teller.

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  3. geoffff7:03 PM

    OK, so let me get this straight.

    Modern art is worth $2500 less than nothing?

    Right?

    Serious this is important. I have a scheme that we could all retire to Hayman Island and just touch buttons for the rest of our lives.

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  4. Sounds strenuous Geoff.

    Do we HAVE to touch buttons (and whose?!).

    (BTW ... I have no object to the additional fs)

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  5. Anonymous9:55 PM

    A pile of shit! Pfft!

    K

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  6. I'll take that pile of $20K's worth of shit any day Kath!

    Jeez, for that I'd even produce some colourful doodles, or touch buttons for a year.

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