October 18, 2006

BURNING IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER:

Wynn accidentally damages Picasso (Norm, 10/17/06, Las Vegas Review-Journal )

Pablo Picasso's "dream" painting has turned into a $139 million nightmare for Steve Wynn.

In an accident witnessed by a group that included Barbara Walters and screenwriters Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi, Wynn accidentally poked a hole in Picasso's 74-year-old painting, "Le Reve," French for "The Dream."

A day earlier, Wynn had finalized a record $139 million deal for the painting of Picasso's mistress, Wynn told The New Yorker magazine

The accident occurred as a gesturing Wynn, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that affects peripheral vision, struck the painting with his right elbow, leaving a hole the size of a silver dollar in the left forearm of Marie-Theresa Walter, Picasso's 21-year-old mistress.


Not only does his "art" stink, but he was a cretin. Before she went loopy, Arianna Huffington wrote a deliciously savage bio of Picasso. In her Introduction she mentioned that when she was considering the book she was told that David McCullough was writing one to. She duly contacted him, but he told her that he had decided to drop the project because he found himself disliking his subject so thoroughly.


Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2006 12:06 AM
Comments

To be fair to the little fellow, without him we obviously wouldn't have Jonathan Richman's classic song "Pablo Picasso."

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 18, 2006 12:21 AM

Pablo Picasso never got called an a$$hole.

Posted by: Pepys at October 18, 2006 12:58 AM

That was on the Repo Man soundtrack, covered by the Burning Sensations.

Posted by: Bryan at October 18, 2006 7:39 AM

Well, thank heaven, at least his black-velvet Elvis portrait is undamaged.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 18, 2006 8:09 AM

Bryan, the Burning Sensations best song was "Belly of the Whale".

Posted by: pchuck at October 18, 2006 9:33 AM

But didn't Wynn improve the painting?

Posted by: pj at October 18, 2006 11:54 AM

pchuck:

Bryan, the Burning Sensations best song was "Belly of the Whale".

Any idea where I can get it? iTunes is no help.

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at October 18, 2006 2:22 PM
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