Art education at it’s best. Stephen Colbert and Steve Martin go all art insidery on the Colbert Report last week. With cameos by Frank Stella, Shepard Fairy and Andres Serrano; Colbert subversivly tries to explain the "value" of contemporary art and it’s esthetics. It’s not a bad way to make the modern art world accessable but I wonder how many of the Cobert audience knew who these men actually are?
Highlights include Martin all PBS cozy by a fire critiquing the photoshopped ink jet portrait of Colbert. Over the course of the bit the value of the work does increase, but not because these men neccesarily make the portrait "better". It increases because of the cultural capital of these artists via Stella’s opinion, Shepards Obey tag and Serrano’s signature.
Here is part 1 if you missed out on that too:
also by Margaret Meehan