The art news came yesterday evening, broadcasting on television about a 4-Year-old girl who takes NYC art world by storm. And what has surprised me is not her art talent, but the sales that she received from 3 art paintings hanging at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Artist named, Aelita Andre, an Australian toddler, has become famous overnight.
How much is her paintings received? Within a week, three buyers has already paid a ‘hefty’ sum of US$27,000. Naming it it contemporary abstracts, the paintings are some splatter work. With each art piece priced to about US$9,000. Frankly speaking, I don’t see the point of worth in her art valuation based on a few influence that are factual.
Firstly, both her parents are artists, whom has provided her a strong background and education to groom this toddler to be artistic. Secondly, she is only 4 years old. Expectation from most parents, with little girl of this tender age, will be hoping their child’s art work showcasing in an elementary school exhibition. But not for young artist, Aelita Andre, giving her solo show at the Agora Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
So what worth being paid for these 3 art paintings which, if you believe the hype, is the highest value in age versus art skill proportionality?
This is a totally absurd, as some may have thought. I’m not to criticizing on her artwork; I love art, and it isn’t dead, but its patrons are brain-dead. To add on to the art valuation received, it is no doubt more than enough to stock up 1 year of premium quality milk powder to nourished her creativity.
Unlike the Chinese, there is a proverb that goes ‘hit while the iron is hot’. Indeed, there are good at speculation, and it has proven in every art auction. Just look at recent Christie’s auction “Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)” held in HongKong, less than 2 weeks ago. Most of the buyers and artists are from China.
The well-known Chinese contemporary artist, Zeng Fanzhi, with his featured paintings entitled “The Leopard“, has fetched a value of about US$4.7 million. And all proceeds will generously contribute to the non-profit organization The Nature Conservancy.
So as for her colorful paintings considered an artwork of child prodigy, with the help of speculation by the news media? Or maybe it turn out to have mutual benefits for both Agora Gallery in Chelsea and her future fame in the art industry? Has she paints like Picasso, or did Picasso paint like a 4-year-old?