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Jul 12, 2008

Obsequious, Yet Austere

NEW YORK -- The Shreikmann Galleries are pleased to announce their acquisition of the latest work from master surrealist Eduardo "Pickles" Passollini.  Entitled Eternal Abyss of Sorrow and Nothingness, Number Seven (oil on canvas, $7,450), the piece continues Passollini's fascination with the theme of Order versus Chaos, juxtaposing disorientingly random lines and colors with stern symbols of authority, once again the Giant Hand.

The piece will join other recent Passollini offerings, such as Swirling Vortex of Inescapable Suffering (mixed media, $12,500) and We're All Doomed, It's Hopeless, Somebody Just Kill Me Already (toothpaste on corrugated cardboard, $37,000).


I don't know much about what I like, Johanna S., but I know about art.

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It always worries me when these things make sense to me!

Anne Boleyn
 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 02:39 PM

Lovely. And it's about time we got Caturday posts! I've been waiting all day!!!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 02:41 PM

Gorgeous work of art!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 02:42 PM

Only a blue-eyed kitteh could get away with stripes and polka-dots in the same outfit. Art, schmart.

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 02:42 PM

I often find that the world makes much more sense when viewed upside down.

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:08 PM

I wonder how one conveys hopelessness and suffering with toothpaste on cardboard. You may have vastly underestimated the dollar value of that piece.

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:15 PM

Personally, I find Passollini's work too derivative of Jan van Bunnitor's infamous "Baby Chicks on Plywood" series. When exposed to the gaze of the feminist audience, the phallocentric paradigm is all too obvious. While the Giant Hand is tantalizingly asexual, one assumes ownership and thus places oneself in cuddly proximity of the object of desire.

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:18 PM

Stripes on legs clashing with stripes on couch. :(

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:20 PM


 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:26 PM

watch ouy mtom, in decca you have a worthy foe..

i love it!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:28 PM

just saw the hover text: LOL!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:29 PM

i can think of nothing witty to say...

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:49 PM

o my goodness my friend has the exact same cat(the way he looks)!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 03:56 PM

Thanks for pointing that out ashagato - love eet!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 04:31 PM

Hhehe... He's all twisty! That's cute ^_^

fish eye no miko
 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 04:32 PM

Ashagato, thanks for reminding me. I cracked up at the hover text! I wubs dat kitteh!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 04:44 PM

Holy Christ, Not That Mike, you are freaking hysterical. {{shakes head in utter disbelief}}

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 04:52 PM


 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 05:01 PM

Oh, the quadrapedal humanism.
Just too too.
Great job, NTMTOM you can come to all of my birthday parties!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 05:06 PM

Itty Bitty Pretty Kitty!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 05:47 PM

NTMTOM, each post I think "he can't possibly get any more hilarious" and then you do!! That was brilliant!!

Ultra cute kitteh, too.

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 06:02 PM

Finally a cat for caturday! :)

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 06:15 PM

Okay, the kitten is adorable, but the "article" made me LOL. Hard.

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 06:33 PM

Oh Good Lord NTMTOM.... you just killed me.. I was laughing so hard and the kitten is all that and a handful of paint brushes. The giant Hand Snicker... I am taking art appreciation and I must say it was just like reading my text book. ; )

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 06:41 PM

Yup yup yup. Awl uv teh abuv. Ai agriiz wiv.


 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 07:23 PM

I would like to give it a bellyrub right now!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 07:25 PM

NTMTOM.. Win. Just epic freaking win.

Oh.. and the kitters is cute too.

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 07:27 PM

I believe that toothpaste is an underexplored medium. Witness the poignancy of McFlufferson's series "Splatter I - V" (mixed media: Crest on mirror) as he expresses the hopefulness of youth through his masterful use of toothpaste.

Gail (the first one)
 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 07:47 PM

Okay - that's it! I gotta confess. I visit cuteoverload.com just for the articles! (Yes, yes. I love the photos. But the writing just kills me! And the combination of the 2...oh, lordy! Let's just say it's a good thing I have private office!)

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Oh, and @ Decca? And THAT was brilliant too! HAHAHA!!

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Finally, I'm able to put my M.A. in Art History to some use.

(Would you like fries with that?)

 |  Jul 12, 2008 at 11:36 PM

Not that Mike, I *love* the article.

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 03:28 AM

Look at those blue eyes.... Gorgeous...

Holy Cuteness
 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 05:17 AM

I'm gonna guess that "Swirling Vortex of Inescapable Suffering" is the litterbox.

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 06:56 AM

(This obviously illustrates the)"end of trajectory of artist as autonomous agent against dominant culture (avant-garde): artists becoming positioned as autonomous and outside critique or accountability to public or marketplace."
& btw, I did not invent the above quote.
Plus it means we all need more kitty sparkles and snorgling.

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 07:01 AM

Hahaha, kyoot <3
What a beautiful kitty

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 07:17 AM

lezlee: the litter box will forevermore be known as the swirling vortex of inescapable suffering...lol!

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 07:22 AM

Having spent my senor year in high school saying, I like that, but is it art?, I had a good chuckle at your last line, NTMTOM.

Being older and wiser, I know all kitties are a work of art and that kitty would work in well with the decor and be artistic.

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 07:32 AM

If the kitteh stares into the abyss in the upside down position, does the abyss still stares back?

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 08:01 AM

@ashagato and lezlee--
especially for those of us who have to change them. Did two today. I think my smell receptors are fried.
That said, KITTEH!!

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 09:14 AM

I'm looking for a colourful kitteh to contrast with my monochrome kittehs (black/white, black, grey/white), but I don't think that's a good enough reason to get #5. What think y'all?

Karen in Toronto
 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 10:37 AM

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! sooooo cute!

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Karen-ANY reason for another kittie is a good one!

Martha in Washington
 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Just speaking as someone who minored in art and took a LOT of art history classes....SQUEEEEEEEE!!! Itty bitty fluffy lynx point cuteness!

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 11:31 AM

*tilts head, holds chin, furrows brow, nods*

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 12:00 PM

I love you, Other Mike!

And I love le kitteh too!

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Definitely an interesting piece. The composition is a bit muddled but the colors are fascinating.

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Art historical hilarity + kitten = best ever!

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 01:03 PM

what a pretty kitty, complete with little "Daggers of Death" in each paw.

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 01:28 PM

LOLz @ Michelle!!

 |  Jul 13, 2008 at 02:29 PM

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