Livinghigh: Gone to the highest bidder!
Saturday, December 03, 2005
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Gone to the highest bidder!

There was an invite to an art auction the other night, and being an acutely perverse person, I went. The King of Morocco was also there at the Taj, though we didn't bump into each other. It was only me and Aristera and all the snooty people of South Bombay.

I've never been one for art, never understood much of it seriously, and it somehow seemed so surreal to me that people were just calling out multiples of lakhs as if they were loose change, for paintings that looked like my retarded dog could have done a better job of, if I ever had a retarded dog. Either the sketches were demented, or they were obscene. Something resembling a fat naked woman with masses of hair around her, pointed nipples and particularly hairy private parts. Yech. Or a spotted blue dog with its balls particularly pronounced by the 'artist'. Double yech.

But I clapped as the gay compere exhorted the madames and sirs to bare their bank accounts, and whispered nasty asides to Aristera, who sniggered at my lack of appreciation. But it was interesting, if nothing else. Interesting to see the young and the restless, the old has-beens too, with their new money and old, socialising, chit-chatting, on their latest decoration spree, or simply 0ut to clinch the biggest art deals of their lives. Where did I fit in all this?

Like I always do: Interested Observer. (capital letters)



4 Comments:

Fat naked women have always been a favorite with the artists. Obviously they know something I dont :D

Comment moderation eh?

By Blogger theLastJedi, at 6:27 AM  

arre u went for the osian art auction right?????someone from our office too was invited.he was saying bidding was crazy.phone ringing.there were bidders from all over the world.
"Or a spotted blue dog with its balls particularly pronounced by the 'artist'. Double yech"- creativity makes u do things like that

By Anonymous aparna, at 6:31 PM  

arre u went for the osian art auction right?????someone from our office too was invited.he was saying bidding was crazy.phone ringing.there were bidders from all over the world.
"Or a spotted blue dog with its balls particularly pronounced by the 'artist'. Double yech"- creativity makes u do things like that

By Anonymous aparna, at 6:31 PM  

dugga dugga!
agreed that most of the works were bad, but you decide to put down the best two works! 'the dog' was a masterpiece and would love to own something like that some day. a bhupen khakhar. and the nude was a souza from his violent phase. but the crowd was crass. old money but with no sense of art whatsoever.

By Blogger aristera says, at 9:23 PM  

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