Yesterday one of four versions of The Scream sold for a record $119,922,500 at Sotheby’s. The previous auction record is held by Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust, which sold for $106.5 million in 2010. In this version of The Scream, Munch’s handpainted frame includes poems that describe him “shivering with anxiety” and feeling “the great scream in nature.”
If any reader would like to create a version of The Scream in response to the auction (or anything else–like, for instance, the way Sotheby’s has locked out the art handlers), please send a jpeg by June 1, 2012, and I’ll post an exhibition.
is a part of art history and should hang in a public collection,
probably in Norway, and not just decorate a California den or a dacha in
the Ukraine, waiting to be fodder for the next auction. (Needless to
say, no museum was in a position to spend that kind of money.)”
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