Raging Art-On - Art 1

  • Aired:  03/21/11
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Stephen talks to Simon de Pury and checks out the competition at the Phillips de Pury Gallery. (7:40)

FOLKS, LAST TIME TONIGHT'S GUEST

STEVE MARTIN WAS HERE WE HAD A

DISCUSSION OF FINE ARTS THAT WAS

SO RIVETING, MANY ART HISTORIANS

MOMENTARILY FELT THEIR LIVES HAD

MEANING.

AND THAT NIGHT I HAD FAMOUS

ARTISTS ALTER MY PORTRAIT.

SHEPARD FAIREY SPRAY-PAINTED IT,

ANDRES SERRANO SIGNED IT, AND

FATHER OF MINIMALISM FRANK

STELLA LOOKED AT IT.

NOW THAT I HAD AN IMPORTANT WORK

OF ART I DECIDED TO AUCTION IT

AND GIVE THE PROCEEDS TO

DONORSCHOOSE.ORG TO BENEFIT

ARTS EDUCATION IN PUBLIC

SCHOOLS.

AND THAT MONEY IS SORELY

NEEDED.

SOME OF THOSE KIDS HAVE TO BUY

THEIR OWN MARKERS TO DEFACE

SCHOOL PROPERTY.

(LAUGHTER)

SO TONIGHT MY AESTHETIC ODYSSEY

CONTINUES IN...

>> STEPHEN COLBERT'S RAGING

ART-ON, SALE OF THE CENTURY.

(APPLAUSE)

>> I TRAVELED TO THE PHILLIPS DE

PURY GALLERY TO CHECK OUT THEIR

"UNDER THE INFLUENCE" SHOW,

FEATURING MY PORTRAIT.

AND I SAT DOWN WITH THE MAN WHO

WOULD FIND MY BABY A HOME.

YOU ARE SIMONE DE PURY, CHAIRMAN

AND AUCTIONEER OF PHILLIPS DE

PURY GALLERY.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: CAN I CALL YOU PHIL,

PHIL?

YOU HAVE NAMED THIS AUCTION

"UNDER THE INFLUENCE."

IS IT A REQUIREMENT OR JUST A

SUGGESTION THAT YOU BE HAMMERED

TO APPRECIATE THESE WORKS OF

ART?

DOES IT HELP TO BE DRUNK?

>> NO, IT DOESN'T.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU DRUNK RIGHT

NOW?

>> I AM NOT DRUNK NOW.

>> Stephen: FOR AN AMERICAN YOUR

ACCENT SOUNDS DRUNK.

>> YES, MAYBE SO.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

DE PURY: IS THAT A FRENCH NAME?

SOUNDS FRENCH.

>> IT'S A SWISS NAME.

>> Stephen: AS A SWISS

ARISTOCRAT, WHY GO INTO THE ART

WORLD?

HAS THE NAZI GOLD RUN OUT?

>> I GREW UP IN BASEL, A

LITTLE CITY ON THE RHINE, AND

WHILE IT'S A VERY SMALL CITY,

IT'S VERY OPEN TO CONTEMPORARY

ART.

>> Stephen: HOW LONG HAVE YOU

BEEN AUCTIONING?

>> I HAVE BEEN AUCTIONING FOR 40

YEARS.

>> I CAN'T, I LOVE IT, IT'S

MUSIC.

IT'S ABSOLUTELY MUSIC AND

THAT IS WHY I ALSO LOVE HIP-HOP

AND RAP BECAUSE IT'S LIKE...

>> Stephen: THE WHAT?

>> YOU KNOW, RAPPING AND HIP-HOP

MUSIC.

>> Stephen: RAP MUSIC.

>> RAP MUSIC.

>> Stephen: IS HIP-HOP ART?

>> DEFINITELY ART, HIGH ART.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS YOUR

FAVORITE RAP SONG?

>> I CAN TELL YOU WHO MY

FAVORITE RAP ARTIST IS.

IT'S SNOOPY DOG, SNOOP DOG.

SNOOP DOG IS A GREAT, GREAT

ARTIST AND AN INCREDIBLE

SURVIVOR.

>> Stephen: YOU EVER BURN ONE

WITH SNOOP?

>> I DID NOT BURN ONE.

>> Stephen: I WILL HOOK YOU UP,

MAN.

SNOOP'S A FRIEND.

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF ANYTHING IS

EUROPEAN OR IS JUST GAY?

BECAUSE FOR AMERICANS, EUROPEAN

AND GAY IS A VERY FINE LINE.

WE CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE

OFTEN.

>> WELL, IT DOESN'T MATTER.

>> Stephen: I KNOW IT DOESN'T

MATTER.

LISTEN, SOME OF MY FAVORITE

PAINTINGS ARE GAY.

>> AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHAT

IS IMPORTANT IS THE QUALITY OF A

WORK.

>> Stephen: HAVE YOU FOUND THE

LID TO THE ART WORLD?

>> I DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN

BY THE LID.

>> Stephen: I MEAN, THE LID THAT

MY PORTRAIT BLEW OFF THE ART

WORLD, OKAY?

JUST [BLEEP] BLEW THAT THING

OFF WHEN THIS THING HIT THE

SCENE.

HAVE YOU FOUND THE LID?

>> IT CERTAINLY DID GET MASSIVE

REACTION.

>> Stephen: IT SURE DID.

>> SO...

>> Stephen: IS THERE ANY VALUE

TO THAT?

IS THERE ANY VALUE TO THE FACT

THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT

YOUR ART?

BECAUSE YOU CAN PUT ANY OLD

PIECE OF, DON'T GET ME WRONG,

CRAP ON A WALL AND PEOPLE TALK

ABOUT IT, AND SUDDENLY IT IS

IMBUED WITH IMPORTANCE BECAUSE

IT BECOMES PART OF THE CULTURAL

MILIEU.

KEEP IN MIND I DON'T KNOW WHAT

THE WORD MILIEU MEANS.

>> IT CERTAINLY IS AN IMPORTANT

ELEMENT WHEN A WORK IS TALKED

ABOUT A LOT.

IF THE ARTIST IS TALKED ABOUT A

LOT, IT CLEARLY HELPS.

>> Stephen: YOU SAID YOU GOT

YOUR FIRST ERECTION TO A

RENOIR.

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> Stephen: TAKE A LOOK AT MY

PORTRAIT, OKAY?

PHIL?

WHAT'S GOING ON DOWN THERE?

>> I'M AFRAID IT HAS CLEARLY NOT

CAUSED THE SAME REACTION I HAD

WHEN I LOOKED AT SOME OF

RENOIR'S PAINTINGS WAY, WAY

BACK.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: NOTHING?

>> LISTEN, I MAY FEEL OTHER

THINGS.

>> Stephen: TELL ME WHAT YOU

FEEL.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK, GET INTO THIS

RIGHT NOW.

>> IT IS A WORK WITH GREAT WALL

POWER.

>> Stephen: WALL POWER?

>> WALL POWER.

IT LEAPS AT YOU, YOU HAVE A

SELF-PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST.

YOU SEE HIM SIX TIMES.

>> Stephen: SO IT IS PROBABLY

GOING TO BE WORTH SIX TIMES WHAT

A SINGLE SELF-PORTRAIT WOULD BE

WORTH.

>> SO THE BIG QUESTION IS WHAT

IT IS GOING TO BE REALLY WORTH.

>> Stephen: SIX TIMES WHAT A

NORMAL PORTRAIT WOULD BE WORTH.

THAT'S JUST MATH.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S CHECK OUT SOME OF MY

COMPETITION.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: LET'S DO IT.

THE AUCTION WOULD FEATURE ALMOST

200 PIECES.

MY PORTRAIT: LOT NUMBER ONE.

OBVIOUSLY THE BEST.

BUT IT PAYS TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE

UP AGAINST.

CAN I GET ANY OF THIS STUFF IN

DIFFERENT COLORS?

WHAT HAVE WE GOT HERE?

>> A WORK BY DAMIEN HIRST.

>> Stephen: HE'S FAMOUS.

>> HE IS WORLD FAMOUS.

A SPIN ART.

>> Stephen: THIS IS SPIN ART.

AT WHAT POINT IN AN ARTIST'S

CAREER CAN THEY JUST START

PHONING IT IN?

OKAY, UNTITLED BIRD [BLEEP].

THIS IS LITERALLY CALLED BIRD

[BLEEP].

>> YES, IT IS CALLED LIKE THAT.

>> Stephen: HOW I DO KNOW IT'S

NOT BIRD [BLEEP]?

>> BY LOOKING CLOSE UP AT IT,

YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY REALIZE

THAT THIS IS PAINT AND NOT

ACTUAL BIRD [BLEEP].

BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER.

>> Stephen: I GOT TO SAY, I GET

THIS ONE.

I DON'T ALWAYS GET ART, BUT I

GET THIS ONE BECAUSE I LOOK AT

THIS AND I GO "THAT LOOKS

EXACTLY LIKE BIRD [BLEEP]."

I MEAN, EXACTLY LIKE BIRD

[BLEEP].

(LAUGHTER)

THAT IS FANTASTIC.

IS SHE AN AMERICAN ARTIST?

>> SHE IS A SWISS ARTIST.

>> Stephen: OH, SO CLOSE, SO

CLOSE.

CLEARLY WHAT WILEY IS DOING

WITH THIS PIECE IS COLLAPSING

HISTORY ON TOP OF STYLE INTO A

SINGULAR VISUAL IDENTITY.

THE BAROQUE PLAYING OFF OF

ROCOCO WHILE CAPTURING AN URBAN

VISION WITH A RENAISSANCE TOUCH,

THAT IS WHAT I THINK, I DON'T

KNOW.

YOU MAY THINK DIFFERENTLY.

>> YOU MAY HAVE READ THIS IN OUR

CATALOG.

>> Stephen: NO.

>> THIS IS CALLED POWERLESS

STRUCTURES.

>> Stephen: BEFORE I BID ON IT,

CAN I TRY THOSE ON?

BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY

FIT.

I GENERALLY SPEAKING GET TO TRY

THE JEANS ON BEFORE YOU WALK OUT

OF THE STORE.

THIS ONE CAUGHT MY EYE.

WHO IS THIS BY?

>> THIS IS BY SIEN.

>> Stephen: AND WHAT GRADE IS HE

IN?

(LAUGHTER)

NOW I MAY BE WRONG BUT I'M

GETTING A SLIGHTLY PHALLIC FEEL

OFF OF THIS ONE.

AM I OFF BASE?

>> NO, I DON'T THINK YOU ARE OFF

BASE, NO.

>> Stephen: DO YOU UNDERSTAND

THIS ONE?

>> I THINK I MIGHT UNDERSTAND

IT.

>> Stephen: HOW WELL DO YOU

UNDERSTAND THIS ONE?

>> I THINK, YOU SEE, WHEN YOUR

WORK CONTINUES AND YOU ARE

INSPIRED BY THAT, IT WOULD BE

INTERESTING WHAT COMES OUT OF

IT.

>> Stephen: I WOULD BE VERY

INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT COMES

OUT OF THIS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THANK YOU.

JOIN ME TOMORROW NIGHT AS I

SIT DOWN WITH AN ESTEEMED PANEL

TO FIND OUT THE VALUE OF MY

PORTRAIT.

I ALREADY KNOW WHAT THE PRICE

LISTS, BUT I'M HOPING I CAN GET

TWICE THAT.

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