Thursday, October 31, 2013

steven a. cohen and art libor

richter's a.b. courbet is for sale

for those of you interested in the ups and downs of artlibor (@miami bourbaki we keep up with current banking and financial terminology).

billionaire steven a. cohen is selling art assets. hooray!!

up or down? let's see.

a richter, cohen paid $20M in a fit of egomania (more than it was worth it)
a matthew barney, (chances are cohen will break even). will it be the another cremaster? a photoshopped photo?
some warhols, ▲ (warhol is always market friendly: about $40 M)
cy twombly, (▲or ▼ depending whether the year is odd or even)
brice marden's "the unattended" has investors' hopes up ($7-10 M? hard to tell)
a nice looking joan mitchell ($5-7 M)
and so on...

why selling now? we have an ebullient market! also, cohen is in deep shit.

shit comes in three colors: financial, legal & criminal. as we speak, cohen's colors are fluctuating.


until the next,

Monday, October 14, 2013

duck or rabbit?


you call the shots. but chances are you won't bother because you think the world is as oblivious as the empty set.

is it duck or rabbit? 

why not both at the same time?

"a blindfolded monkey throwing darts at a newspaper’s financial pages could select a portfolio that would do just as well as one carefully selected by experts"


taken from the nytimes this morning, discussing professor eugene f. fama's being awarded the nobel prize for economics.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

does this statue promote child pornography?


let's take one side of the controversy:
The Overland Park City Council approved and installed an inappropriate sculpture in the Overland Park Arboretum. The sculpture (called "Choice" by Yu Chang) is of a headless naked woman with her breasts exposed, taking a picture of herself. The message this piece sends to the children and young adults in our community has the potential to be destructive. With all the problems we are having with sexting in our youth culture, do we really want to be encouraging children and teenagers to take nude photos of themselves? In addition, there is no warning of the sculpture's offensive nature for parents, teachers, and adults wishing to avoid something like this.
the section in red is factual, not so the following sentence. what is the "message" of the sculpture? why is it potentially "destructive"?

according to this group, the statue "promotes child pornography."  

do you agree?

Monday, October 7, 2013

scarlett johansson's fall & internet appropriation

the original
dolphin-riding johansson's seafari 
johansson, the ambulatory percussionist 
johansson's live PA
a wounded johansson
for more visit via sad and useless.