‘The beautiful women’ estimated to be sold for 30/40 milllion

Roy Lichtenstein is an iconic painter from the pop art movement. His comic book series of paintings are his most well known works. Arguably the most iconic painting of the series, is estimated to sell for up to 40 million dollars. Personally I am not a huge fan of work from the pop art movement. However, if I did have that kind of money to spend on a painting (a pop art painting) this one would be on my list. I really love the scale and composition of the work. The large scale lets you enter the painting, a lot like a Pollock painting, and get lost in the shapes from a close distance. At a farther distance you can appreciate the work for its imagery and application style. You can get lost in this painting every time you look at it, which is something that I look for when I buy art work. I can not imagine having that kind of money to spend on a single work, I actually can not even imagine having 40 million dollars to begin with. I look at 40 million dollars as the value of this work, rather than the price. 40 million dollars for a painting seems crazy! But when you account for its social, historical, and cultural value inside the art world, you can start to tally up the dollars. I also believe there is some sort of status or pride gained for owning a work like this, and people with that kind of money have no problem purchasing an object that could potentially elevate their social status. Contemporary art deals with art work as a commodity, they can do this for the most part because ideally the artist is still living and creating works, or is recently deceased and has already made an impact with their work. So when an artists starts selling their work for large amounts of money, they automatically become historically important because once one person has a bit of history, others want in on that as well. I do not know too much about the art market so maybe what I am saying is completely off. But in my opinion that is what happened to Jean Michel Basquiat. His work became a commodity, maybe more so when he was living and could keep producing work. It is just interesting to think about contemporary art and its connection to capitalism through the art market.

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