Rock posters for cash

Would you pay 500$ for a Nick Cave concert poster? Some people apparently do and, according to this Guardian article, they pay even more for other posters of contemporary rock acts:

Now contemporary posters are fetching silly sums, too. A Citizen Kane-style poster for a White Stripes’ 2003 gig by Chicago artist Rob Jones (who does most of the band’s artwork) sold on the night for £15, but fetched £1,600 on eBay in 2008. “Each [poster] was done in a limited edition of 333, for every concert, and there won’t be any more,” explains Jody Goodall, director of Manchester’s Richard Goodall gallery.

Paintings, free to take

Here’s why my district quite definitely is most avant-garde in the whole of Vienna.

Today, an artist who apparently has his studio in the building next to ours, took his paintings and set them up next to the road and inside a neighbouring building’s courtyard. While I was snapping away, documenting this event, a nice fella stopped and said that they were free to take. Now, I was too shy to talk to the artist, who was sitting somewhere in the courtyard, maybe suffering from whatever nervous breakdown triggered him to do this (or not…I didn’t talk to him, so I’m speculating), but if he’s indeed giving away those paintings, well, then he’s one cool cat.

And if our flat wasn’t already packed, I’d of course want the dirty painting.

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Public Restroom – enhanced

Austrian art-group gelitin will open their first large-scale exhibition tomorrow in the Kunsthaus Bregenz, here in wonderful little Austria. Avid Boing Boing readers will know them for their giant rabbit.

One of the highlight’s will be a free-of-charge installation on the ground floor. Here’s a snip from the official text on the Kunsthaus homepage:

On the ground floor, for example, the artists will be constructing a public restroom complete with balcony in the KUB Arena;

According to another source, that public restroom will be enhanced by a whole lot of mirrors, so you can actually watch yourself taking a dump. I never again want to hear anyone saying all art is useless.

On unprofessional thieves

After three years of being buried in a forest in Austria, the Saliera is back. I think it’s strange how unprofessional the thief acted during the last few days. I mean, he (and one or two more cat burglars) stole that piece in quite an impressive way. And now, after three years of cat and mouse chases all over the place, he turns himself in because he was filmed buying a mobile phone. Oh well, so it goes.