Monday, February 15, 2016
An Object of Beauty
Last night I finished a book by Steve Martin. It's called An Object of Beauty. I read it for my book club. I was not super crazy about the main character, but I liked the art prints included in the chapters and I liked learning about art collecting. I also liked veering off from the book to read articles about Steve Martin. Sidenote: Do you know that Steve Martin is 70 years old and has a little 3 year old daughter? I think he would be a good dad. He can play songs for her on his banjo. Did you also know that he once sold a Hopper painting for 26 million dollars? I'd like to do that.
A few years ago we watched a great documentary about the art fraud, Wolfgang Beltracchi. Steve Martin once bought one of his forgeries, but he sold it at a loss before he knew it was a forgery. One of our weekend goals was dashed when Husbandman and I went to see a documentary about Peggy Guggenheim and got stuck in IU traffic. I think people were heading to the opera, but who knows?
The point is, I'm in an artistic frame of mind right now. Before working on this blog entry this morning, I learned that I can start my own collection of paintings at the Art Institute web page. I love that. So, even though Steve's book wasn't a compelling read, he got me thinking I should be an art collector and now I am. Thank you once again, Steve Martin.