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    Why Didn't I Think of That?

    In the "why didn’t I think of that?" category – Andreas Gursky’s latest work, which just finished showing at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills, presented blow-ups of the world’s oceans printed as large as 100 x 140 inches.

    Gursky had not taken these pictures himself. They were satellite pictures of the earth that the artist had worked on and cropped to make the ocean the central point of the composition. But interestingly, he now joins his compatriot Thomas Ruff (and numerous others) in making appropriation his new methodology.

    [The asking price was $680,000 apiece, and the L.A. County Museum bought four.]

    So ... $680,000 x 4. There was obviously a big discount. But still, not bad for reprinting someone else’s pictures. One part of me feels this is out of whack, but another part sees the power and quality of the work. As always, the point is - I didn’t think of it (and neither did you)!

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    I can see where your coming from... that seems like a big price for all 4 let alone just one. I wonder what the total cost of one is... likely better I don't know. Maybe I should do a continent series

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