by Brad Nelson5/13/15

No no no no. I won’t be lecturing you on the horrors of abortion, Obama, the national debt, or the many other consequences of bad moral values. I’m talking about “value” in the sense of “What you place value on.”

And it’s clear that what you might place value upon is not objectively of much value. Market value, maybe, if there is sufficient shared pretense or delusion. But finding the actual value in things we commonly value might be a little more difficult at times.

Especially if you’ve just paid 46 million dollars for a yellow painting with a blue stripe:


A couple of hilarious comments at American Thinker include:

It’s always amusing to see when the ultra rich have their own equivalents of the Dogs Playing Cards or a velvet Elvis painting.


To add insult to injury, they hung it upside down!

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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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7 Responses to Value

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, whatever turns you on. In that case, I suspect what turns them on is being pretentious, which seems to be their highest social value.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Timothy, I have a mind that looks for reasons. We’re all fish swimming in the cultural waters to a large extent. But I’ve tended to ask “Why?” or to make observations with fresh eyes.

      One look into the modern art world shows that it is a vast psychological bubble built not upon actual talent but upon a kind of group-mind pretentiousness. This is a great example of the Left’s infection of our culture. Things have value not because that value is intrinsic but because a lot of silly people have gotten together and pretended that it has value.

      Anyone looking at, say, Michelangelo’s Pietà — and who is cognizant that it was carved out of stone — would likely notice mastery, even if he isn’t particularly inclined to believe the religious imagery.

      If people will give 46 million for a blue line on a yellow background, can you imagine what they would give for a piece of canvas that Michelangelo would periodic clean or test his brushes on, or even blew his nose on?

      This puts into perspective how adulterously silly this all is. This is a prostitution of the entire idea of art, of humankind’s desire and need to express something, usually noble and beautiful. That painting represents the trivialization of mind, intellect, spirit, and culture. A culture devoid of true values can only throw dollars at counterfeit ones.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I guess you saw the most recent insanity in this regard, i.e. the Picasso which was sold for US$179 million.

    “The Emperor’s New Clothes” was never more timely.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      There was a short-term series many years ago called Probe, about a scientist with a sideline in crime-solving. In one episode, he met a blind sculptor who made ugly art to sell to rich businessmen (like many non-wealthy people, he didn’t like them) to “grace” their headquarters. He wouldn’t sell to anyone he liked.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Other than as an investment (there is more than one sucker born every minute), the purpose of the painting is probably to cement the buyer’s place in the elite. The ethic that flows from Cultural Marxism/Progressivism/Postmodernism is that if the rank-and-file hate it (or don’t see the value in it), that is wink-wink, nudge-nudge concrete proof that it is something higher and special — something that can only be appreciated and valued by the elite.

        This is your brain. This is your brain on postmodernism. Any questions?

        I mean, imagine a steady diet of this kind of crazy, no matter what kind of bank account you have. I have no doubt there are quite a few artists who know they are producing crap and can hardly believe there are so many pretentious twits willing to pay for it.

  3. Rosalys says:

    I’ll paint one for anyone out there for $1,000. A bargain!

    • M Farrell says:

      I already have one of these hanging in my office curtesy of my finger painting pre-K son– I can’t be sure but it also might be upside down– It has a red/green scheme that might be nice at Christmas– Any bidders?!? It even has a nice frame I’ll throw in for free–

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