Italian Artist Sells Invisible Sculpture for More Than $18,000. By Joshua Espinoza.
Salvatore Garau reminds us there are no rules in the art world.
The Italian artist has been making waves over the past few days with his boundary-pushing piece titled “Lo Sono (I Am),” which recently sold for more than $18,000. Though that price is relatively low in the art world, it’s pretty significant when you consider the work is an “immaterial sculpture,” meaning someone dropped thousands of dollars on an invisible piece that is literally made of nothing. …
Picture of the artwork.
Garau spoke to Italian outlet Diario AS about the piece, saying he likes to think of the sculpture as a “vacuum.” …
The buyer of “Lo Sono” has not been identified, but will reportedly receive a certificate of authenticity as well as a set of instructions on how to display the work. ArtNet reports the owner is encouraged to exhibit the invisible work “in a private house in a roughly five-by-five-foot space free of obstruction.”
The concept of “Lo Sono” is similar to Garua’s previous piece “Buddha in Contemplation,” another invisible sculpture that was “displayed” at the Piazza Della Scala in Milan.
Awesome. We live in a world of widely-believed political fantasies, money created out of thin air by the click of a computer key, and now art that is literally nothing. Unreal.
Of course, only in a world awash with newly manufactured money, and asset shufflers with more easy money than sense, would someone pay a third of the average yearly wage in Europe for a piece of nothing. Presumably the buyer is showing off, flaunting his wealth.