I should add that normally, when you build something as a display, things like paint cans will be empty or filled with a solid plastic or silicone that looks like a liquid. And they may even be permanently glued down to the surface they are place on, so that the public doesn’t pick them up and take them or use them. This isn’t some sort of new, has never happened before in life stuff here. It is utterly predictable. Not sure why art galleries can’t figure out what professional decorators and set designers know and use all the time.
And if they say, oh, we couldn’t do that. It would be inauthentic. Well then, that authenticity comes with a corresponding risk.
Do these gallery types over-inflate values just to make themselves feel amongst rarified air? My friend bought a $500 graffiti painting a while back from a gallery- she says this is an investment (isn’t hanging - keeps in a closet)… She got took, gallery owners are mostly charlatans who seem to have moved on to the stupid NFT frenzy.
Sheesh, that’s disturbing. While I was reading the story, I was thinking how it sounded like the type of work Damien Hirst might do. Then, go figure, the last paragraph stated that the artist was once a flatmate of Damien Hirst.
Was going to write something about how without a buyer there is no way to value this. But the art world runs on whatever it is that causes reporters to say it is worth half a million so who am I to question.