Gottfried Helnwein

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

May 13, 2013

 

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

Regarding the power of things…there’s a magic trick with which artists have been delighting us for millennia: The conjurer of canvas may invest so much of his own soul into depicting an inanimate object that the resulting painting or photo of mere lifeless metal, vegetable, meat, or clay can evoke in its beholder an overwhelming emotional response.

Therefore, inspired by our neighbors on Van Nuys Blvd—the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms—my picks for today have inspired me to meditate upon a certain type of inanimate object in art: the Object of Vice—Evil you can smoke, drink, and/or shoot.

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