One Stuffed Shark, Two Stuffed Sharks …

By |March 16th, 2012|Art and Architecture, Art at Home, Collecting Art, Original Art|

The Perplexity of Contemporary Art  We were chatting in the lounge of The Arts & Letters Club waiting for the dinner gong. Our keynote speaker of the evening was Don Thompson, author of The $12 Million Stuffed Shark and I was anticipating some clarity on my, ever increasing, perplexity in regard to the contemporary art market. I have been trying to understand it but the more I learn the less I know. I do not seem to be alone.  I was happy to see a friend there who has just returned from Europe. My friend is very worldly and you could even say,debonaire kind of man. We touched glasses and I asked if he was looking forward to the talk that evening. His response was like a shot and I paraphrase: “ I would not listen to that man – it is the very antithesis of what this club stands for!”   “But,” said I, “I thought he exposes the craziness of floating sharks as art.” (I have not yet read the book) I began to sense that I was not going to have the “aha” moment I was anticipating. […]