June 01, 2004

London's Bonfire of the Vanities

Terrible news from England:

A fire in a London warehouse has destroyed many of the works of contemporary art owned by advertising magnate Charles Saatchi and exhibited in the controversial 1999 show Sensation at the Brooklyn Museum. The value—that is to say, the monetary value—of the works destroyed was reportedly as much as $90,000,000. . . .

Among the works lost was Chris Ofili’s “Virgin with Elephant Dung Attached,” which so outraged Mayor Giuliani when it hung at the Brooklyn Museum, and Tracey Emin’s famous (or infamous) work, “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995,” a tent into whose interior the artist had sewn the names of everyone with whom, since birth, she had ever shared a bed.

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Oh, no!

My heart is bleeding. No, really. Can't you see how concerned I am?

There is no remembrance of former things ; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. . . . I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Eccl. 1:11,14)