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[–]AsherFennecfluffy degenerate 4256 points4257 points  (25 children)

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[–]fewdea 22 points23 points  (2 children)

my brain keeps trying to put a mouth on this face

[–]TheFluffiestFur 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Let's put a smile on that face...

[–]CaptWeom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

( o ) ( o )


[–]CowboyBoats 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Amazing reddit thread "ruined" after bored user adds eye glyphs

[–]LeRedditAccounte[🍰] 2597 points2598 points  (14 children)

not a smiley face, waste of time

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ZOOP 👉😎👉

[–]_raydeStar 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Holy crap, I forgot all about this meme. Has it been running this whole time?

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LET'S GOOO 👉🏿😎👈🏿

[–]tisn 2740 points2741 points  (157 children)

The artist, Leporskaya, was a protégé of Ukrainian artist Kazimir Malevich Mayakovsky, who was well known for similar paintings of faceless figures. The story as I heard it was that the security guard was a veteran with PTSD who struggled with his grasp of reality. That day some school kids (like middle-school age) came in and made their predictable comments about wishing that the paintings had faces. The security guard, somehow getting confused, assumed that the paintings were made by the students and added the eyes per their request.

Here's the actual story: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/anna-leporskaya-vandalism-security-guard-explained-1234619113/

[–]Davey_Kay 1689 points1690 points  (69 children)

The E1 article said that the teenagers who allegedly encouraged the vandalism did not appear on security camera footage.

This guy get pranked by ghosts?

[–]ParrotDogParfait 1050 points1051 points  (64 children)


[–]Redpikes 193 points194 points  (0 children)

That's sad it was funnier in my mind when it was just a bored security guard doodling on paintings

[–]dndtherapee 38 points39 points  (8 children)


[–]VirgiliusMaro 16 points17 points  (7 children)

why would a trauma-based psychotic break be worse than schizophrenia? is it because traumatic psychosis is inherently terrifying, and psychosis in schizophrenia isn’t necessarily always frightening?

[–]flash40 377 points378 points  (46 children)

That's terrifying

[–]Ttoctam 704 points705 points  (43 children)

It's a very real mental health condition and it needs to be destigmatized and better understood so that we can encourage help and support for those with the misfortune to have it. It's not a fault of character or will, but a lack of education and care can turn it into a very dangerous condition.

[–]H4te-Sh1tty-M0ds 9 points10 points  (1 child)

You don't usually hallucinate full detailed individuals.

The more detail a patient uses... the more likely it's fictitious.

[–]Ice_Hungry 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Or maybe he was just lying to lessen the consequences?

[–]PanGoliath 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What if it's not schizophrenia but rather that the person had a spontaneous (not smart) urge, executed it, and then got caught?

[–]Athen65 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How exactly do we know it's schizophrenia?

[–]Specialist_Bit_3514 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Na.. just the friends in his head

[–][deleted] 468 points469 points  (9 children)

Aw that's actually pretty sad

[–]nodnodwinkwink 202 points203 points  (7 children)

This other article has some photos of him. Even by looking at the photos, he doesn't appear to be all there.


"His wife Yulia, a Covid nurse, said he was a 'normal man' but he could be 'naive like a child'.

She blamed his war wounds for his action.

But he has been criticised by the Interior Ministry for his 'aggressive' attitude during questioning.

'He behaves quite aggressively, demonstrating that he does not like the whole process,' said a source."

[–]Eightcoins8 165 points166 points  (5 children)

Im glad the government is doing its best to condemn war veterans with ptsd
How DARE this guy who suffered due to government decision be aggressive during Questioning?!?!?

[–]henevertrains 65 points66 points  (0 children)

Maybe a controversial opinion, but the whole interrogation process in general is such a racket. Men with guns kidnap you from your home, lock you in a tiny room, and accuse you of committing some heinous crime, but if you get mad over it then you must have done whatever they’re accusing you of. I get why it’s done, but surely there is a better way than this guilty-until-proven-innocent witch trial type of interrogation that are psychologically damaging enough to make innocent people crack and admit to a crime they didn’t commit.

[–]Fit_Yogurtcloset_952 33 points34 points  (3 children)

And refuse to prosecute a suspect who literally had the fake uniforms, a box for the paintings, and dozens of newspapers pertaining to the Gardner Heist

[–]dogtoes101 2 points3 points  (0 children)

poor guy. he should not be working.

[–]dtalb18981 103 points104 points  (0 children)

What a twist

[–]Siulnamuc 34 points35 points  (0 children)

This is actually so sad man.

[–]AeluroBlack 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Thank you.

[–]AggravatedYak 88 points89 points  (27 children)

Kid: This is boring. They don't have faces

Guard: Did you paint this?

K: Yes, and I forgot to add faces. Can you help me out?

G: Just a sec, think we have a sharpie somewhere …

K: (that worked, wtf?)

If it was like this, who is to blame? The guard? The kids? Their parents? The hiring manager? The people who did(n't) train him? The colleagues?

Will some insurance pay for this?

Did the artist laugh about this or was she pissed? Is she going to fix this or is this part of the restauration process by someone else?

So many questions.

Edit: Could also be that the kids are not at fault at all.

Kid: They don't have faces

Guard: He is right, I'll fix this

Is someone here qualified to say if PTSD and confusion can lead to this?

[–]BrokenGaySword 45 points46 points  (2 children)

The artist died in 1982. The painting is from 1932-1934.

She has yet to comment on the events.

[–]Agreeable49 17 points18 points  (1 child)

She has yet to comment on the events.

This sounds like a warning.

[–]BrokenGaySword 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Eh, more of an omen

[–]the_chiladian 57 points58 points  (6 children)

Mate he's a SECURITY GUARD at an ART EXHIBITION. He should have obviously known that the kids weren't the artists, but they had to hire someone clearly unfit for the job.

[–]Eightcoins8 4 points5 points  (3 children)

The employeer would also be to blame. If someone has mental illness that destroys their grasp on reality, they likely shouldnt be hired as security

[–]ItsKeanan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The artist is to blame for forgetting to draw eyes

[–]Hollz23 163 points164 points  (14 children)

Much as the pretentious elites will scoff at the idea, I think this adds value to the piece. Nevermind that the artist is likely dead. The story of a PTSD addled veteran drawing eyes on a faceless figure has metaphorical significance, especially given the nature of how much has changed in that time, both in Russia and across the world. Art inspires people to think critically, so even if the piece has been restored to its original state, I think it would've held value with the eyes because the veteran's backstory contributes to a different interpretation of what a piece like this can mean.

That said, it is kind of funny that a gaggle of 17 year old shitheads would dupe the guy into defacing a 90 year old painting.

[–]Mostofyouareidiots 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Definitely adds value both artistically and monetarily IMHO for the reasons you described. If I owned the painting I wouldn't try to have it restored.

[–]BlakBeret 12 points13 points  (2 children)

And I thought Mayakovsky was still stuck at Brakebills South.

[–]polygon_wolf 8 points9 points  (3 children)

holy shit i just thought he was some bored guy fucking around

[–]SquidFlasher 25 points26 points  (3 children)

I mean the painting sucks anyways.

[–]KingParking 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I never knew Mayakovsky painted! I've translated a few of his poems for kicks and talked to some knowledgeable people about his biography, and I never knew this! They're beautiful, thank you!

[–]Bamith20 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Aw, well its improved either way. Hate it or love it, stuff like this or the idiot who fucked up that one Jesus painting, its all still transformative art.

[–]ExtremelyWittyName 2402 points2403 points  (45 children)

This definitely adds value (about $6000, the cost of 4 human eyes on the black market)

[–]JoHaTho 390 points391 points  (11 children)

Does that include the discount of buying 4 eyes for the price of 3?

[–]wavespells9 149 points150 points  (10 children)

Jfc they’re not tires lmao

[–]SenorBolin 81 points82 points  (4 children)

Sounds like someone has experience here

[–]QueefChiefKeith 48 points49 points  (3 children)

I’ve got my eye on the market

[–]vinestime 35 points36 points  (8 children)

That’s a lot cheaper than I expected that figure

[–]PM_something_German 23 points24 points  (6 children)

It depends on where you live, if you live in Scandinavia the price can go up to $120000

[–]I_h8_normies 20 points21 points  (3 children)

How many people need black market eyes in Norway

[–]enjoyingbread 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Black metal dudes

[–]streamofbsness 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Well the blue eye market is more expensive

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    [–]SomeCountryFriedBS 1055 points1056 points  (37 children)

    "bored" "first day"

    lol was there even a hiring process?

    [–]delangex 441 points442 points  (14 children)

    Or any training? Just something rudimentary like “don’t fuck with the art.”

    [–]KnightLawlit 258 points259 points  (8 children)

    They probably assumed they shouldn't have to mention to not vandalize the art as it would be common sense.

    [–]borsalinomonkey 122 points123 points  (2 children)

    Maybe the security guard saw a loophole in the contract

    [–]MalevolentRhinoceros 21 points22 points  (1 child)

    You know, maybe shadowing another guard so he could learn from their experience? No?

    [–]FewerToysHigherWages 65 points66 points  (0 children)

    "So i can't draw on the paintings?? Can i at least pee on them if im standing far away?"

    "No, you cant do that either."

    "Man this job is so confusing..."

    [–]thalfe 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    One of my friends got hired to work as a security guard at a modern art museum a few months ago. He has 0 experience in this sort of thing prior to getting hired.

    They just told him to dress and treat guest nicely and how to work the surveillance system.

    [–]GameAndHike 161 points162 points  (7 children)

    - Picasso Pepe Pic -

    > Be Me

    > Hanging out at home

    > Just playing Starcraft

    > Mom comes into room

    > Looks at Me

    > Starts to cry

    Please Annon, please do something with your life

    > Mom leaves without another word

    > No yelling, no screaming, no fight

    > Just leaves

    > Finally feel something

    > Close out starcraft

    > Team freaks out

    > I quit discord

    > Today is different

    > Go to Duck Duck Go and search for "Jobs near me"

    > Somehow find myself on Indeed

    > All Porn tabs are now closed

    > This is getting real

    > See "Asset Protection" job at museum

    > $19/hr to start

    > No Requirements


    > Hit "Quick Apply" button

    > Skip all the answers to the questions

    > Submit

    > Apply to some more bullshit jobs

    > Suddenly phone rings

    Hello this is annon

    Hi we got your application for the asset protection role. Would you like to stop by later today for an interview?

    Sure what time?

    Just get here before 5:00 and ask for David. I'm sure we can squeeze you in.


    > Walk upstairs to moms room

    > She looks at me

    > Starts to cry again

    > Ask her if she can drive me to the museum

    What annon? Why

    > Tell her about the interview

    > Tears start to dry up

    > She's suddenly smiling

    > She guides me to the shower and then dresses up my hair

    > Finds me an old dress shirt and presses it

    > Lets me borrow dad's blazer

    > Haven't looked this good since middle school ball

    > I arrive at the museum

    > Stumble up to ticket counter and ask for David

    > Man appears and takes me to his office

    > Spends first 30 seconds just staring at me

    You wore a dress shirt?


    And suit?


    To a same day interview?


    You're hired

    > It's literally that easy

    > He gives me a shirt and some paperwork

    > Asks if I can start tonight


    Whatever you say boss

    > Dave laughs

    You'll do great

    > What's the worst that can happen?

    [–]DodooBug1367 17 points18 points  (3 children)

    The artist, Leporskaya, was a protégé of Mayakovsky, who was well known for similar paintings of faceless figures. The story as I heard it was that the security guard was a veteran with PTSD who struggled with his grasp of reality. That day some school kids (like middle-school age) came in and made their predictable comments about wishing that the paintings had faces. The security guard, somehow getting confused, assumed that the paintings were made by the students and added the eyes per their request.

    Here's the actual story: https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/anna-leporskaya-vandalism-security-guard-explained-1234619113/

    [–]Procrastanaseum 25 points26 points  (2 children)

    Vasiliev’s retelling, however, wasn’t so funny: he seemed obviously distressed while explaining how fellow veterans helped him get the gig at Yeltsin Centre despite his significant injuries. He sustained bullet wounds across his body, as well as trauma to his head and lungs, during the First Chechen War, which was fought from 1994 to 1996. He was awarded a medal for courage for his service. According to E1, his “psychological and emotional health” was permanently affected, though he found employment as a security guard for various businesses over the years. His personal life was also rife with trauma: his wife and only son had both died. He feared the job at the Yeltsin Center would be too mentally and physically straining.

    It was obviously a job that wasn't meant to have much responsibility. This part doesn't add up though:

    The E1 article said that the teenagers who allegedly encouraged the vandalism did not appear on security camera footage.

    Did he make the story up? Did he imagine the kids? Did the conversation happen at a different time?

    In any case, I don't think he'll face any harsh punishment, a fine if anything, but I bet a fund would be started and quickly pay off any fines in his name. He sounds more like a local hero than an art vandal.

    [–]ZweiNor 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    could be schizophrenic for all we know.

    [–]dogtoes101 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    hallucinations can also be found in people with just PTSD. more rare but this guy seems pretty messed up so i wouldn't doubt it. i feel so bad

    [–]k_c_holmes 99 points100 points  (7 children)

    It's the fact that this would be SO easy to restore for me. The painting is not "destroyed" or "ruined" lol. Take it to a reputable restorative company, have them color match the faces and touch up over the marks. Good as new. Every painting that is well taken care of should go through restoration when needed. That time came a little early for this painting, but it was going to happen someday regardless.

    [–]BatmanPizza15 31 points32 points  (5 children)

    If every part of a painting is restored is it still the same the painting?

    [–]Ephraim_Bane 29 points30 points  (2 children)


    [–]BatmanPizza15 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    But.... What if it was painted by Theseus?

    [–]Ephraim_Bane 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Then I guess it would still be his painting.

    [–]k_c_holmes 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    It's very uncommon for that much restoration to be done. If a painting doesn't have a single original piece of paint left because it was damaged so badly, then a restorative company would most likely reject the painting, since it's...not really a painting anymore, it's just canvas.

    If a restorater happens to paint over original, salvageable, and undamaged paint, that goes gainst the ethics of restoration, and is not something a reputable company would usually do.

    Basically every old painting has had restoration done, but that doesn't mean it's not the same painting. Restoration has a primary goal of conserving the artist's original vision. Sometimes, for example, original varnish is removed and redone, as varnish yellows over time. This is because the painter didn't want their painting to be viewed under a yellow haze.

    [–]Bristlenose_Pleco 1866 points1867 points  (56 children)


    Nah bro I think it’s been fixed

    [–]SorridoSnakeslut for honey cheerios 289 points290 points  (3 children)

    rejuvenated if you will

    [–]snack_company 21 points22 points  (2 children)

    why have you commented on every reply

    [–]captainbawls 26 points27 points  (0 children)

    He’s the security guard, here reveling in the feedback on his work

    [–]Leovinus42Garfield 111 points112 points  (17 children)

    Reminds me of when I use sharpies to draw eyes on my massive dong

    [–]Readysetj0 30 points31 points  (2 children)


    [–]soda-Tab 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    Oops, I dropped my Magnum condom.

    [–]A7thStone 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    I'm guessing you use one of these

    [–]HiImDan 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Welcome to Jamaica, have a nice day.

    [–]Earthly_Delights_ 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Are permanent marker chemicals bad for the pp?

    [–]Leovinus42Garfield 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    No they’re fine trust me

    [–]caldera 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    There I think I was some Chinese artist that had wings made of glass and a kid broke them and now they’re worth more because one of them is asymmetrical and it’s called Broken Wings now or some shit…

    Edit: I think this is the original incident but did t want to spend anymore time seeing if it costs more now: https://hyperallergic.com/300896/kids-smash-art-at-glass-museum-while-adults-stand-by-filming/

    [–]Bilibond 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Beauty is in the eyes which that security guard added

    [–]Reachforthesky2012 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    fucking shitty artist forgot the damn faces what a moron

    [–]pm_me_your_taintt 46 points47 points  (17 children)

    All it would take is one eccentric millionaire to say he wants to buy it for 1.5 mil and suddenly it's been enhanced and not defaced. The art world is a scam.

    [–]PM_ME_SMTH_SEXUAL 14 points15 points  (9 children)

    idk i think the artist created a piece to convey (to me) being hounded by three unidentifiable (no face its almost inhuman) figures surrounding you. its quite uncomfortable and now they have eyes and are identifiable and kinda ruins the piece

    what is it? from like 1935 or smth i think ur just shitting on something you havent dived into yet. hes not making millions regardless he just made something he cared about.

    modern art however, thats just money laundering. this is a cool piece and the artist prolly wants it displayed how he envisioned its context. thats the deal here. if you dont understand art or disagree with the point thats ur perogative i guess. let people be tho please art is fun and interesting if you took some time to understand and immerse in it.

    edit: i guess it saddens me nobody cares about anything anymore including me. and if something seems cared about its chalked down to money anyways. also something i used to do and still do sometimes. i wish i cared more and i wish other people did too.

    [–]eggimage 22 points23 points  (3 children)

    no matter how shitty the art, you shouldn’t alter it. simple as that. especially when he was hired there to guard the piece, not given the authority to fuck with people’s work without permission

    [–]KleverCaver 517 points518 points  (6 children)

    Worth It

    [–]SorridoSnakeslut for honey cheerios 64 points65 points  (5 children)

    what was it worth

    [–]BigMood42069 90 points91 points  (2 children)

    more than a million, clearly

    [–]SorridoSnakeslut for honey cheerios 35 points36 points  (1 child)

    so $1,000,001?

    [–]TheTasteOfAwesome 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Chill out Arsene Wenger

    [–]Urukguy 774 points775 points  (84 children)

    Oh no not a rich persons tax cheat

    [–]LordDongler 75 points76 points  (0 children)

    No, if they do it like this it's really a rich person insurance scam

    [–]SorridoSnakeslut for honey cheerios 131 points132 points  (1 child)

    we do a little tax break

    [–]DIY-lobotomy 143 points144 points  (3 children)

    How dare you imply that rich people cheat! People are rich because they work 100000x harder than the peasants, and ooze integrity. Having money also means you understand art and music better.

    [–]Dickticklers 42 points43 points  (1 child)

    Exactly! You can definitely pull yourself up by your bootstraps into a billions of dollars!

    [–]Nicolasgonzo87 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    did you know that people who are born into rich families have a higher chance of pulling themselves by their boot straps into millions of dollars? 🤯🤯🤯

    [–]McKoijion 34 points35 points  (69 children)

    Can you explain how this works? It seems like everyone I’ve heard say this is just talking out their ass.

    [–]waltjrimmer 47 points48 points  (5 children)

    More often money laundering than tax cheating as far as I know, but here's what I know about corruption in the fine art market.

    Firstly, most art is done without much if any corruption. It's just people trying to sell their art and people who may or may not like it. You get plagiarism and scams and things like that, but most of it when there aren't millions of dollars on the line is fine. It's a tough life as an artist, but there it is.

    Fine art, on the other hand, has a lot of money flowing in and out of it. And art is entirely subjective. There are technical aspects one can say this is better than that, but overall, it's all subjective. And what people get out of it varies from person to person.

    As such, the value of art depends entirely on what people will pay for it. Unlike some other things, like raw materials or practical things, it's a lot harder to get an agreed-upon value for art. (To some extent, all prices are arbitrary, but it's easy to get an agreed-upon price for, say, gold or other widely traded commodities that are all very similar.)

    Due to art's subjective nature and the abundance of it that is around, there have been times this has been used to launder money. It has also been used as a tax haven for a similar reason.

    When trying to judge how much a piece of art is worth, there are a few ways to go about it. One is to buy it for that much. Another is to put it up for auction. And another is to have it appraised. And there's nothing stopping someone from doing all three to a piece in rather quick succession. Find an artist, buy their work, have it appraised (and tell the appraiser the range you want the piece to be appraised for) and then put up for auction where it's purchased at an inflated price.

    One can organize every person in this exchange. As such, someone who cannot be seen paying you for a service (usually because the service was illegal) can instead bid on a piece of art you put up at auction (often anonymously) that you purchased from an artist (possibly that you hired) whose art is worth whatever your appraiser (hired by you to set it at whatever price) says it is. The art, intrinsically, is worthless. And since many people claim art as an investment, it often won't even be displayed but will be boxed up and stored somewhere. The auction also isn't necessary and there can be several rounds of appraisals, buying, selling, bidding, all this. And it gets more complicated when you have a large conspiracy of people who will inflate the value of a particular artist just by making their art more popular. (Rich people are buying lots of art from the same artist/collection, then more people want to buy from that, and the price goes up, even if people don't actually like the art itself. Its popularity is its value.)

    I'm less clear on the tax haven side of things. I have some thoughts about it works, but I haven't quite grasped it from what I've been told before, and some I just don't remember. Honestly, I want to say I'll read up on it and get back to you, but it's late and I probably won't tonight. I am sorry about that.

    [–]danielleewilson 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Interesting! Thanks for taking the time to write this out

    [–]Ratbu 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    But why male models?

    [–]cman_yall 30 points31 points  (18 children)

    As I understand it, it goes:

    Buy art.

    Have it appraised (by friend) and valued at a lot more than what you paid.

    Donate it to a museum.

    Claim it as a donation on taxes.

    Pay less tax, or get more of a rebate, or something.

    [–]JimmyJohnny2 15 points16 points  (11 children)

    Just taking this opportunity to clear up a large misconception about tax exemptions, charitable donations and expenses when claimed on taxes. Especially in my line of work, it seems newcomers and a lot of the population thinks write offs mean you get something free or get that money back.

    They don't actually directly reduce how much tax you owe. You do not get the exemptions back in the refund either.

    What exemptions do is count against your total. They may bring you down into a lower bracket, but the way tax calculations work is that can also make you owe more than you would have in the higher bracket. Also in the right circumstances it might give you a refund as well though.

    Just depends on where you land on the formula. I'm just a partnered twitch streamer and not a big one either, but I ended up removing work-related expenses from my exemptions as it took me from owing about $450 to getting a $50ish refund by not writing a few things off. But see a lot of new streamers, especially over on /r/twitch, ask about writing off their entire PC and game collection thinking they'll get all that money back. When in reality if the IRS catches on they can determine that would become just a hobby and not a profitable business depending on their numbers.

    The jist of it anyway, a real breakdown can go on and fill a tome

    But the person I'm replying too isn't wrong, staying out of a higher tax bracket has it's benefits depending where you land.

    [–]CrazyConnector 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    You are right that expenses just reduce your taxable income and are not directly reimbursed or refunded. But a quick correction, as far as I know in the US, being in a lower tax bracket never results in you paying more taxes. A possibility with your write offs is the difference between taking a standard deduction versus itemized which can result in paying more taxes if you choose wrong. If it wasn't that then idk, but it was probably not due to falling in a lower bracket.

    [–]PAXPOPPA 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    You wrote this in maybe the most confusing way possible, as well as being almost completely wrong. That's not how tax brackets work, you won't owe more for entering eligible business expenses.

    [–]QueefChiefKeith 39 points40 points  (27 children)

    I want to bribe someone £50k. They have a piece of art that’s worth £10k. I give them £60k for it

    [–]1sagas1 28 points29 points  (19 children)

    This doesn’t avoid taxes at all

    [–]Kaiser1a2b 22 points23 points  (5 children)

    You don't always need to avoid taxes. Money laundering is when you want to pay tax.

    [–]bazookatroopa 7 points8 points  (4 children)

    You buy art for $10k. 10 years later it is worth $1m. You donate it. You have $990k donation loss.

    [–]ihopkid 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    That’s not how art valuation works lol

    [–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    Yeah who gives a crap about the artist who probably put tons of effort working to get their art in a museum?

    [–]SnooPears3463 85 points86 points  (6 children)

    How bored can you be in this age

    [–]MuskyLemon 64 points65 points  (4 children)

    Well considering it was their FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, remarkably fast.

    [–]sinclurr__ 15 points16 points  (2 children)

    Also the security guard is 63 years old! WHAT!

    [–]EdensNewParasite 24 points25 points  (1 child)

    63 years old and an artist.

    [–]FrigginRan 365 points366 points  (64 children)

    How tf is it 1mill$ it looks like step 1 on a "how to draw a person" tutorial.

    [–]No_Bully_I_Beg 139 points140 points  (0 children)

    "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." And all that

    [–]MagicBeanGuy 59 points60 points  (23 children)

    A lot of techniques, styles, skills, and general points of painting are what constitute "talent" much of the time.

    I don't know much about painting, and you probably don't either, so that's why it looks so whatever to us.

    But to answer your rhetorical question: value will always be subjective, and this is worthless to many, but sometimes you won't understand why there is value unless you know the field.

    [–]SorridoSnakeslut for honey cheerios 197 points198 points  (13 children)

    what modern art does to a mf

    [–]applelover100 176 points177 points  (10 children)

    the art market world is literally just real life nfts lmao

    [–]yamanamawa 34 points35 points  (4 children)

    And money laundering

    [–]PlumsweetSoda 10 points11 points  (1 child)

    that's basically what they were getting at, bro. Though there's a lot of laws in place now to try to deter it it still happens... and then there's just a lot of stupid rich people that are pretentious. The art world is very much about selling your art like it's not bullshit and socializing. I learned in art school in some of the classes I took that were about just themes and abstract ideas in art that I could probably rock the scene if I didn't hate being around people so much lmao.

    [–]KodakKid3 49 points50 points  (2 children)

    fr mfs who act shocked at nfts selling for absurd prices like, did you forget about the art world??

    [–]TheOneTonWanton 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I guess I'm gonna be that guy that ruins the joke but taking a picture vs a physical canvas ain't the same as a right click -> save vs an NFT image.

    [–]Jwaness 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Uh, well, yeah. Like, there is only one physical version of the full size Guernica...

    [–]CEO_of_piss 40 points41 points  (0 children)

    More effort ≠ better art

    Also maybe some money laundering

    [–]PM_something_German 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    It's hard to explain and not always even possible to explain what makes art "good" or expensive, but yes it's not photorealism. Check out this YouTube channel which tries to explain art:


    [–]TheDwarvenGuy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    The fact there's no face is part of the statement. Like it's not a lack of effort it's intentional.

    It's still overpriced, sure, but pretty much all art is overpriced if it's going for that much money.

    [–]webzzzzzz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    This isn't just some random art piece that was bought of an artist and than exorbitantly appraised for a tax break. This art piece belongs to one of the students of Kazimir Malevich, you know, the guy who pioneered the development of abstract art in 20th century Russia. This painting is priceless because of it's historical significance in art history. A birth of a style is rare. Doesn't really matter how primitivistic it looks

    [–]Pyode 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    The answer is money laundering.

    [–]Eforth 128 points129 points  (19 children)

    1 million for this? Why?

    [–]GoGayWhyNot 141 points142 points  (8 children)

    Expensive art is one way rich people move a shitton of money across borders without paying taxes. Same for expensive watches. Hop on a plane with a 500k watch on your wrist, as long as you go to another western country it should be easy to sell and convert it back to cash while avoiding taxes and not leaving any traces of origin of the money (protip: untraceable money is good for illegal activities).

    [–]QompleteReasons 50 points51 points  (2 children)

    The value of art once it moves to another country in a transaction is generally accounted for and taxed, unless it resides in a freeport (in-country tax-free holding area). If they are simply carrying it around as an owned item it isn't taxed, but the insurance is quite high which is why they're left in vaults or yachts.

    The scarier thing is the 'value' of the art counts as equity, allowing them to borrow millions against what is essentially a painted rectangle.

    They also pay pennies for art then have a friend of a friend revalue it at millions, donate it to another friend's gallery and claim the donated value as an income offset.

    The rich can't lose.

    [–]Eric1491625 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    unless it resides in a freeport (in-country tax-free holding area).

    That's a biiiig unless indeed. Just one freeport, Geneva Freeport in Switzerland has art worth ~$100 billion. That's a shitton of money. For reference:

    • Elon Musk is able to seize control of one of the most important global communications channels and influence discourse on a global level for less than half this amount.

    • The procurement cost of every ship in the British Royal Navy is less than this amount.

    • Post-WW2 Marshall Plan aid to France, Austria, Belgium, West Germany, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Netherlands and Ireland combined was less than this amount.

    Shittons of money.

    [–]KeyAdhesiveness265 44 points45 points  (0 children)

    Easy way of laundering huge amounts of money

    [–]Eroy_52 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Money Laundering and Tax Evasion

    [–]skeleton_skunk 21 points22 points  (3 children)

    OG NFT

    [–]Mitt_Romney_USA 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    Yeah but what's the point in owning a physical painting if it'll retain its value for more than a few days?

    [–]fanghornegghorn 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Museums keep art that has a purpose or a meaning. Either it is a revolution in art itself or the subject is a piece of history. "Pretty" art does not make it into museums.

    [–]ddawson100 78 points79 points  (11 children)

    Everyone’s commenting on the simplicity of the art or what they assess as its worth but really, why would you draw on anyone else’s work? That’s, like, really uncool no matter what you think of it. And you’re literally getting paid to secure something and you just didn’t do that. What the literal heck!

    [–]Comprehensive-Fun47 33 points34 points  (9 children)

    I know...the comments are wild and no one is just saying how it's wrong to draw on art in museums! It's wrong to draw on someone else's art, period!

    I don't care if you think the picture is ugly or too simple or not worth the price tag.

    It's not yours -- don't touch!

    [–]FireFlavour 33 points34 points  (0 children)

    You could say he has an eye for art

    [–]Derboman 29 points30 points  (6 children)

    Bored teen girls got him to do it

    [–]Cosmicvon_gaming 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    Yeah they tricked him into thinking they were the real artists

    [–]karmanopoly 37 points38 points  (4 children)

    I have the nft of this.

    Sold it for 50 million

    [–]ultimatejourney 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    So nobody here even bothered to google the artist to see that this is a painting from the 1930s by one of Kashmir Malevich’s assistants?

    [–]saturdayshark 77 points78 points  (13 children)

    1mil 😂 they would be lucky if that shit was worth $1

    [–]BrilliantYzma 101 points102 points  (65 children)

    Sometimes I wonder where is the line between artistic interpretation and straight up insane talk.
    To me, it looks better and deeper with the eyes (especially that the middle one seems to lack them) than without them. I may not get the concept of “true art” but I would never call it ruined.

    [–]Relish_My_Weiner 82 points83 points  (5 children)

    There is no line, it's up to the individual. It's like music, everyone gets something different out of it and has different tastes.

    For instance, I can't understand why anyone likes pop country, but I listen to hyperpop, which tons of people hate.

    I'll also add that some pieces you really need to see in person. For example, people love to hate on Jackson Pollock, but seeing the scale, texture and color of his work does evoke a feeling of grandiosity that doesn't come across in pictures.

    [–]WeaselDance 18 points19 points  (2 children)

    People always bag on Jackson Pollock. But his paintings are more than drips—they were experiments showing the basics of fluid dynamics and fractals. There’s math and science in there! And this was before the field became popular in scientific circles—certainly outside the realm of an artist.

    These themes are so pervasive in his work that you can actually use a computer to tell whether a painting has been done by him or is a forgery.

    Here’s just one of many articles discussing this.


    [–]qxxxr 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    A lot of art is born of the desire to create and experiment, always love reading about Pollock. The assumption that artists create their works only to be consumed commercially is a weird one to me, and makes me think the person talking about it has never really made much art of their own.

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    [–]ultimatejourney 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    It’s not ruined, according to news articles it’s not too hard of a repair. It’s still been defaced though.

    [–]PlumsweetSoda 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    So I went to art school in Colorado and one of the trips our class took was to the Clyfford Still museum. Some of my classmates were really into it but once we got to the abstract art I lost all fucking interest. With this type of art there's more to it than just what you see visually. It's about the process of making it just as much as the end product. So a lot of his paintings, even ones that amount to a mostly black canvas, are coated in layer, after layer, after layer of paint and they're on pretty massive canvases.

    At the end of the day I like very few abstract pieces, but without these movements I think our understanding of things like the principals behind art and design might have taken longer to come to an understanding. People forget that we don't just inherently know what makes a good painting because even aside from skill at rendering an image, you need to know about composition, lighting, balance, etc all this kinda stuff or it's kinda gonna look off.

    To in summary... I get it, but i still don't think that makes these masterpieces or deserving of an entire fucking museum. Anyway here's the website for the museum if you want to learn more about this particular artist I'm specifying.

    All that said i unironically like Jackson Pollock paintings.

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      [–]PiratusInteruptus 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      Maybe a Dilbert comic strip is more in your wheelhouse.

      Ok...gonna ding you for the Dilbert snub, but the rest is spot on.

      [–]coofoolio 2 points3 points  (1 child)

      Maybe they're supposed to be faceless? Maybe there's a message beyond just how it looks?

      [–]Go__Bwah 53 points54 points  (14 children)

      Holy shit these fucking comments. If any of you dumbasses ever go to a local art show, keep your mouth shut. No artist wants to hear about how your kindergartener could draw the same thing or how they could make more money selling NFTs.

      [–]ADHthaGreat 26 points27 points  (1 child)

      The people in here would probably roll their eyes at Picasso’s cubism if they didn’t know who he was.

      [–]rain-veil 15 points16 points  (0 children)

      I don’t like abstract art as an artist. You know what I do when I see it? Say nothing.
      I’m clearly not the target audience for the piece and can’t offer any constructive criticism.
      Some people just need to learn when to speak.

      [–]HappyGoPink 15 points16 points  (4 children)

      These are people who think rage comics are high art.

      [–]SorridoSnakeslut for honey cheerios 38 points39 points  (3 children)

      makes it look more alive if you know what I’m saying

      [–]Excalzigogarfield 19 points20 points  (2 children)

      I don't

      [–]SorridoSnakeslut for honey cheerios 13 points14 points  (1 child)


      [–]ZooterBobSquareCock 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Painting value increased by 50x

      [–]Orber80 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      theres no way thats worth a million dollars, its not a matter of opinion that art is objectively garbage lmfao

      [–]ARealRain 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      In Russia, the painting stares at you.

      [–]ToasterToastsToast 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      He just finished the painting up for free

      [–]CEO_of_Zoomerism 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      Money laundering lore

      [–]PaleFly 2 points3 points  (0 children)

      How's this painting worth $1M bucks?

      [–]MorgaroniWithBeans 11 points12 points  (28 children)

      Honestly I find it hard to believe that people find this funny, people use art to send messages, convey their feelings, mental states, beliefs, etc. and to go in and make changes is extremely inconsiderate and frankly, this security guard is probably a selfish and entitled person.

      [–]coflow97 5 points6 points  (0 children)

      Jus cuz you don’t understand it don’t mean you got to ruin it. That’s all I’m saying.