A new giant Money painting has been produced by Artist Puto, which contains bank notes and human blood.
The Artist worked on the painting, which is 2.5m x 1.8m, over the Christmas period and has tried in vain to get it exhibited, but so far all gallery spaces in Chania have refused.
Some have felt that it represents a priviged perspective in relation to those that have had nothing of material benefit in life. However the Artist has lived on the streets in the past and is aware of all sides of human life and existence.
Soon after completion the artwork was damaged by a gust of wind, which caused it to fall off a building and smash the car windscreen of a stationary black Mercedes Benz. Nobody was injured in any way and the owner of the car has been promised full re-inbursement. Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart and Athens have offered to provide a full vehicle check-up, and luckily nobody was hurt in any way.
Two picture restorers in Chania refused to help with the painting repair so London specialists Russell and Chapple (art restorers for 100 years) have become involved, They consider it an easy solution which requires little effort or work.
The painting can be seen as a statement about Money which parallels Christian Religious Belief. Christ turned over the money lenders tables in the Temple. The painting is not for sale.
The local Eastern Orthodox Christian Church in Chania was briefed about the work over the Easter Period.
There seems to have been local fear and superstition associated with the work, but it is intended to be something for viewers to purely reflect on, and think about, especially during Easter and beyond.
The new Museum of Modern Art in Athens received digital copies of the painting and they asked whether it was a “donation”. The Artist wants the work to be on permanent public display and there is concern that the Museum may choose to place it in its storage archives.
It is a known fact that 60-70% of most Museums’ permanent collections are put in storage in this way and often never seen. This applies to the Tate Gallery in London and also UK Royal Collections. It is sad for artists to have their work kept in dark storage facilities in this way.
Other digital copies of the painting have been made available on Social Media and leading Art Galleries worldwide including Athens, London and Berlin. New York galleries may now exhibit the painting
The Artist has had contact with the Picasso Foundation. Picasso made a painting called “Demoiselles” in 1907 which could not be exhibited publicly for nine years.
John Craxton, a British artist in Chania met and knew Picasso in the 1950s.
Some of his work, after death, has been alleged to have been destroyed by some Cretan associates.
El Greco had to leave Crete in order for his life and work to progress.
Are we seeing the same thing now, in 2018? The artist hopes not.
Other work by the artist include “Contamination” a canvas covered in dead leaves, bitumen oil and sawdust which is being considered for a Painting Competition in Paleochora. The “Money” painting can similarly be seen as human pre-occupation as against current ecological concerns.