Call me old fashioned, and I guess I am. I love art, it is a thing of beauty that is completely timeless. It can be a source of joy for generations. Unfortunately there is also art that have few redeeming features. Of course this is just my humble opinion.

I received and email today, an invitation to an art exhibition. Fortunately I am not in Los Angeles, so I can gracefully decline.

Who on earth would want an open can of sardines on their wall?


Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) – Sardines, 1982

Or this interesting study of absolutely nothing.


Robert Motherwell – Red Open with White Line, 1979

What happened to art that provoked thought? Well I guess the sardines would work well in a New York subway station. And the red thing might be a great present for some aunt that you don’t like, the aunt that sent you pajamas every year that were three sizes too small as a Christmas. present.

The term ‘art is in the eye of the beholder’ is true. But who would want an open can of sardines on their wall? Who would want the red science project? Not me!!

For those of you that like sardines and red stuff, you can find them on exhibition in Los Angeles between May/10 and June/21 at Leslie Sacks Fine Art.

Simon Barrett

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