Artist’s Life Depicted in Free Standing Ham Sandwich Head

by Art Fag City on January 27, 2009 · 8 comments Events


Picture This: Art Prices Fall, CNN, Video screen capture: AFC

“The piece is about his life really”, says dealer Asher Edelman to CNN’s Richard Roth recently in a short clip about the economy, “He doesn’t have any money, so he has to buy the brushes to make this at the dollar store. And it’s quite fun, this piece.”  In mixed blessings, while the artist’s name is never mentioned in the video clip, it might be for the better anyway, since I’d loath to be the artist who had a free standing ham sandwich head described as representative of my life.

The whole segment though is about that bizarre.  “The market is a scary place to be” narrates Roth, all the while accompanied by CNN’s choice footage of ghost paintings.  Meanwhile Edelman proves to be the rare dealer willing to speculate upon his own gallery’s demise, a pondering most professionals in the business make privately but aren’t likely to broadcast for fear of scaring collectors.


Edelman Fine Arts, New York, Screengrab AFC

Asher Edelman problems just seem to expand from CNN’s stangely edited story.  The news outlet never names the dealer’s gallery Edelman Art, so collectors googling the dealer may find some rather misleading results.   For example the first result brought back with the term “Edelman Fine Art” is Edelman Fine Arts, a New York gallery that has bizarrely replaced what should be an artist list with a link to the local weather.  Coincidentally, should readers visit Edelman Art, the hamburger head artist profiled on CNN is also not on their website.

Orginally via: Art Patrol Twitter.

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    that’s gordon geckko!

  • ay

    that’s gordon geckko!

  • http://amycohenbanker.com Amy Cohen Banker

    I think of Oldenberg when I see the ham sandwich above or maybe
    Andy Warhol but it looks to me as if the ham in the sandwich is
    a folded cocktail napkin. Maybe it is the story of that artist’s life
    but I would have preferred bagel and nova (mini version across
    the street for $3.95) or even a Jasper Johns. I thought POP
    was redundant but it seems to be back again. For me, I question
    what is relevant today and does it matter? Maybe art should not
    be relevant. A thought. I always thought this following paragraph was worthy of thought:
    Now,what is music? This question occupied me for hours before I fell asleep last night. Music is a strange thing. I would almost say it is a miracle. For it stands halfway between thought and phenomenon,between spirit and matter, a sort of nebulous mediator,like and unlike each of the things it mediates,spirit that requires manifestation in time and matter that can do without space. We do not know what music is.-
    Heinrich Heine, _Letters in the French Stage_, quoted in_ Opera in America_ by John Dizikes,Yale University Press
    |
    c an we apply this also to art?

  • http://amycohenbanker.com Amy Cohen Banker

    I think of Oldenberg when I see the ham sandwich above or maybe
    Andy Warhol but it looks to me as if the ham in the sandwich is
    a folded cocktail napkin. Maybe it is the story of that artist’s life
    but I would have preferred bagel and nova (mini version across
    the street for $3.95) or even a Jasper Johns. I thought POP
    was redundant but it seems to be back again. For me, I question
    what is relevant today and does it matter? Maybe art should not
    be relevant. A thought. I always thought this following paragraph was worthy of thought:
    Now,what is music? This question occupied me for hours before I fell asleep last night. Music is a strange thing. I would almost say it is a miracle. For it stands halfway between thought and phenomenon,between spirit and matter, a sort of nebulous mediator,like and unlike each of the things it mediates,spirit that requires manifestation in time and matter that can do without space. We do not know what music is.-
    Heinrich Heine, _Letters in the French Stage_, quoted in_ Opera in America_ by John Dizikes,Yale University Press
    |
    c an we apply this also to art?

  • http://www.thedivineworkshop.com Anne

    god I wish I knew …. you tell me PLEASE!!!!

  • http://www.thedivineworkshop.com Anne

    god I wish I knew …. you tell me PLEASE!!!!

  • http://www.thedivineworkshop.com Anne

    god I wish I knew …. you tell me PLEASE!!!!

  • http://www.thedivineworkshop.com Anne

    god I wish I knew …. you tell me PLEASE!!!!

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