KYSO Flash
Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 3: Spring 2015
Haibun: 196 words

Important American Paintings:
Three Responses

by Pat Tompkins

In a small ad in The New Yorker, an art gallery in Manhattan asks, “Are you thinking about acquiring important American paintings?”

Actually, I am. A nice Winslow Homer seascape would be perfect over my new sofa. And a Jasper Johns collage would brighten up my home office. I’m certainly not interested in unimportant paintings. Art is an investment, as valuable as land. Nobody’s making any new Matisses, right? OK, he’s French, but you know what I mean.

No. What’s on my mind is how to pay the rent this month. That’s why I’m reading the magazine at the library. The cartoons make me laugh, so I can forget my troubles for a few moments. The closest I’m going to get to an important American painting is free first Fridays at the museum.

Dream on. “Important” is artspeak for “expensive” and I’ve got better things to do with my money than to spend it on colored pigments on canvas. Especially stuff that looks like graffiti or schoolkid scribbles. And who’s that guy with big squares of color? Millions of bucks. What a racket.

art auction
record-setting prices
what would Eakins say?

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