English graffiti artist Banksy is known for his political and satirical street art. And now he’s taking his trademark dark humor and applying it to Disney, opening the world’s only dystopian theme park, called “Dismaland“.The 2.5 acre “bemusement” park opens tomorrow in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, UK. Located in the town’s abandoned Tropicana swimming resort, it features theme-park attractions with a dark twist, along with work by Banksy and 50 other artists from around the world. Tickets cost just £3 and the park will be open for just five weeks. Predictably, the ticket website has already crashed under the weight of interest.
“Are you looking for an alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out? Or just somewhere a lot cheaper? Then this is the place for you. Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus…”
We’re having a go at being cultured today. Lovers of modern arts are a special breed of people. They are able to see things other people can’t.
For instance, the colour blue is just blue to many of us. But to modern art lovers, it is a blue that evokes the artist’s emotions of longing and sadness, you get my drift.
We have a hard time wrapping our heads around the fact that some of these ridiculous modern arts were sold for millions of dollars, the most recent being of a blue painting with a white line in the middle – that went for $43.8 million dollars!
Don’t just take my word for it! The following are 15 examples of paintings that would be considered junk if they were sold at an ordinary garage sale, but because of their extravagant history, descriptions and estimated value, were sold for millions to the highest bidder:
Blood Red Mirror by Gerhard Richter – $1.1 Million
Bryan Lewis Saunders is an artist from Washington DC who has drawn over 8,000 self portraits – one for everyday of the last 21 years – and has taken a shitload of drugs in that time, too. Some of those self-portraits have been drawn while under the influence of different drugs, the results of which are pretty fantastic. Not unlike the spiderwebs made by spiders under the influence, it is extremely interesting to see what different drugs do to one’s creativity.