The Mind-Blowing World of Million Dollar Plain White Paintings
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Did you know a plain white canvas was sold for $15 million? Mind-blowing, right?
For many years, artists have played with the idea of white paintings. The famous Kazimir Malevich started this trend in 1918. His art showed a white square on a slightly different white background. He believed that white could unlock infinity and set the mind free.
Many years later, American artist Robert Rauschenberg made his “White Paintings.” He described his work as a clock. “If one were sensitive enough that you could read it, that you would know how many people were in the room, what time it was, and what the weather was like outside,” he said.
In 2014, an American artist, Robert Ryman, sold a white canvas for $15 million and another for $5 million. Why are people paying millions for these white canvases? In 1918 or even in 1951, such paintings were seen as bold and fresh. Today, some think they lack meaning.
For those that do see the beauty in simple white paintings instead of buying one, take Rauschenberg’s advice. “Want one? Paint one.”
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Why Pay $15 Million for a White Canvas?