The Young and The Restless, Screengrab AFC
Add this post to the list of possible stories I never imagined would appear on the site. This week on The Young and the Restless Victor Newman and his latest flighting love interest Sabrina have an ongoing art dialog at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum. Given its unlikely placement, the conversation could almost be anything and remain interesting, though surprisingly, the dialog is more informed than I would have guessed. Don’t get me wrong, in true soap opera fashion, the discussion is one cliche after another, but the writers at least did enough research to name the pieces correctly and provide some basic history. They stumble on the background a bit, Sabrina describing the reaction to Jeff Koons in the early 80’s as bewilderment, as opposed to the acclaim he actually received, but maybe with practice, they’ll start getting a few more of these details right. And it looks like they might have a chance to do that, because it looks like Mr. Newman may embark upon a new career of collecting. In case there was any doubt, surely, the migration of contemporary art acquisition practices to mainstream soaps indicates it’s popularity as a past time amongst the rich, and it’s ability to lend a certain amount of sex appeal (eww.)
Naturally, I recommended suffering through the commercials AND the extraneous scenes to get to the art content — after all, why not get caught up on a little Y&R while you’re at it — but I’ve also complied a few quotes from their discussions below, just for fun. Link tip: Saul
Dialog on Jeff Koons’ “Famous Rabbit” and other works (It’s simple)
“Deceptively simple. Almost like Classical sculpture.” Victor Newman
“It’s simple and strong.” Sabrina also on Jeff Koon’s inflatable rabbit.
“Very unusual, very simple,” says Sabrina about The Hulk by Jeff Koons
“To be honest, it’s an acquired taste. One really has to get into it to begin to appreciate it.” Victor Newman on the rabbit.
“Un imagination d’enfant (The imagination of a child)” Victor Newman
“Anger sometimes is really good. A lot of people underestimate their anger, the creative power of anger. I think a lot of artists are basically very angry people and out of that anger comes creation very often” Victor Newman on Triple Hulk, Elvis II
Dialog on Chris Burden’s Urban Light (Make Out!!!!)
“Can you believe he collected all of these for several years?” Sabrina
“He must have had a very large storage unit” replies Victor Newman
“I must say, very imaginative.” Victor Newman
“I guess if this artist has anything to say it’s that one can take the ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary. In other words, sometimes the extraordinary is right before our eyes.” Victor Newman. Cue the make out!