Friday, May 27, 2005

The rewards of anti-Americanism 

Colombian artist Fernando Botero's "Sitting Woman," a bronze sculpture made in 1976, was sold at auction for 688,000 dollars -- a record for a Botero sculpture.

Sold at Christie's late Wednesday, the sculpture went for the fourth highest price for a Latin American work for the auction house.

Would Botero's art be worth so much if he hadn't devoted the last year to bashing the United States?


By Blogger Fausta, at Fri May 27, 10:30:00 AM:

I don't know that he wouldn't. He's been around for quite a while, and even Mario Vargas Llosa wrote a long essay praising him (of course, by then Botero had already done a "fat picture" of Vargas Llosa -- which VLl liked).  

By Blogger KJ, at Fri May 27, 01:34:00 PM:

His stuff looks like it came out of Mad Magazine. Color me -- unimpressed.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Fri May 27, 04:28:00 PM:

Well, since Fausta is my source for virtually all matters Latin Amereican (perhaps evidence of the sheltered life that I lead), perhaps I am, er, wrong... ;)  

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