"Van Gogh exhibit is $93 million work of art."
|The September 22, 2000, article goes on to remind us "Vincent
van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime..." and
about his motive for suicide always considers his poverty and guilt
from being a financial drain on his younger brother, Theo, and Theo's
Yet W. Frank Fountain, president of the DaimlerChrysler Fund, sponsor of the exhibition, said "Van Gogh is powerful proof that art and economics are compatible"
head of Vincent van Gogh, modeled after his "Self-portrait with
Hat" (below left) in the collection of the Detroit Institute
stands seven feet tall on its pedestal. Naturally, his right ear
is missing, but his left ear has a large enough opening that money can
be dropped into the head. This causes him to respond
with Dutch accented observations about
|It is created of pigmented epoxy fiberglass over a steel
frame by artist Jim
Pallas. Unlike the aforementioned $93 million, most of the
this "van Gogh" shakes loose goes to charity..
When this sculpture was field tested at Grosse Pointe's Art on the Pointe festival in 2002, it received over $60 a day in donations. The sculpture has also been field tested at Walk and Squawk's performance space in Detroit, the Furniture Factory, the Robert Maniscalco Gallery and Detroit's TasteFest 2001.
More demented van Gogh ear links (except the last one which is very serious):