The New Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled “After Nature” whose tagline is “THE earth will pass away with a great noise and there will be no place for it.”
It is not clear what they will do with the earth, as it’s rather large. But it doesn’t matter, because this is art.
A key “piece” is Maurizio Cattelan’s “Untitled”, pictured below.
It’s a little difficult to see, but the thing that mom and dad are pushing is a stroller (see the cover of today’s New York Sun for a glorious half-page picture of the horse). Dad is cradling baby, hiding the exhibit from baby’s eyes. He is thus depriving baby of bringing to mind “apocalyptic thoughts.” Shame on him.
When I gaze upon the backside of the horse, I don’t know about you, but I see it as “a story of abandonment, regression, and rapture?an epic of humanity coming apart under the pressure of obscure forces and not-so-distant environmental disasters.”
Such a work of art is priceless, as will be obvious to all but the lowest Philistine, so I have been unable to find how much it costs. It might help to know that recently Damien Hirst’s similar work “Away From the Flock, Divided” (1995) went for just over $3 million. This daring art featured a “sheep, sliced in two and preserved in aqua-colored formaldehyde.”
I don’t know who it was that said that modern artists and the rich who buy their works are horse’s asses, but it’s obvious that this was a person of low education.