Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Scream

Today the renowned auction house Sotheby's auctioned this 1895 pastel, The Scream, by Edvard Munch. Sold for $120 million, The Scream is one of the world's most recognized artworks, an iconic image used in countless parodies, products, and communications. Reporters have been talking about this auction for days, which will only help rivet eyes on the competitiveness of the bids.

Sculpture at "Grounds for Sculpture," New Jersey
A Google search for images returns 135 million hits, including photos of the paintings themselves and many drawings or reproductions of the central image adapted for satirical or commercial use. On the first page of images I found Homer Simpson doing the scream, and Macaulay Culkin doing the scream in Home Alone. Strolling through Grounds for Sculpture, a sculpture garden in New Jersey, I passed the above "Scream" sculpture.

Quite a lot of publicity about this auction and iconic picture!

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