Why are artworks by Barnett Newman, Rothko, Gerhard Richter and others that appear so simple, even effortless, worth so much money?

Rothko Chapel // Google

I have gone on this rant a thousand times before and I will go on it a thousand times again to help people get their heads out of their asses.
Art does not have to be like a Renaissance paintings in order to be beautiful or express emotion. If you don’t like modern art then don’t look at it. All of the artists on this list 15 Ridiculous Pieces Of Art That Sold For Millions Of Dollars have been a major factor in the modern art.

Rothko and Newman created art that was about purity and myth. Those lines in Newman’s pieces are called zips and was seen as a radical action in the art world. Newman tried to reduce his painting to the simplest, purest form and in doing so created a single figure called zips. Rothko lived from 1903 to 1970 and at this time period, his paintings were incredibly innovative and new. With those paintings, Rothko was trying to answer the question “What is art?” by experimenting new art forms. Rothko is one of the best artists of the 20th century but if you don’t have any clue of what his paintings are about then start reading it’s fucking healthy.

Yes this is minimal and conceptual and hard to apprehend and these worth millions (especially Rothko who is kinda dead) But maybe you should going to the museum and actually see one of the pieces in real life, this may blow your mind. Huge canvas 3 meters wide with colors so vivid that you’ll find god in a minute. Not a freakin 10/10 cm image with shitty colors found on the internet.

Newman and Rothko were abstract expressionists. They suffered for their art and were full of angst and expressed that angst on the canvas. Now, artists like Rauschenberg, Yves Kline, and Piero Manzoni thought this was ridiculous. These artists made art that, in a sense, made fun of the abstract expressionists. Renaissance paintings have their place in history but so does Rothko and Newman. Without the abstract expressionists, we would not have the art we have today.

I agree some pieces are really complete bullshit, some other are not. Also compared to other modern artists like Pollock. Pollock was nothing special. Just look at Oldenburg, Bacon, Frankenthaler, and Rauschenberg. Their philosophy was much more developed. This being said, yes some price is outrageous, but this is the art market based on speculation and it will only keep rising until it explodes. You wanna post about real pieces of art that don’t worth their prices then take a look at some works of Hirst or Koons instead of randomly posting some masterpieces of the greatest artist from the Abstract Expressionism movement that you don’t like/don’t take the time to understand/don’t care.

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