Loretta Lux, Photo Art Super Star to Stay, or Over Priced Flash in the Pan??
It's her second solo show, and its up till June 24th. Here is one of Loretta Lux newest
classically disturbing works. "The Waiting Girl", Ilfochrome Print, 2006.
totally clueless who are not familiar with Loretta Lux, these are combination works of photography, painting and digital software manipulation. One expert,in American Photo determined her technique as "Gaussian Blur, Unsharp Masking, and Level Controls from Photoshop"
Her work has been hotly
trashed, & praised debated in envious art circles..But the question remains..Loretta Lux, is it Photography, or Contemporary Art?? Is she an Art Genius or a passing fad? Is her haunting Child images a MUST HAVE for any serious modern collection or a total waste of money? Her work is reported in Yossi's press release to be currently included in many high profile museum collections, though I have yet to see it on display at a US museum.
As for me.. I
hated reacted strongly to her work when I first saw it, I think it's scary,creepy somewhat original, but felt it was a total rip off a bit expensive. They typically cost about $25k+ for the larger prints 20x20 inches, edition of 7, and around $9k+ for the 11x11inch edition of 20, which I thought high for such a brand spanking new artist. Doing the simple math, this values each image Loretta creates at about $350,000 in total. Which, I'd guess, probably puts her in the top 15% of all living producing contemporary artists today. Is this reasonable?? It's also been curious to see her work come up so soon at auction several times in the last 2 years. Are art insiders flipping these over hyped works for a quick buck before it crashes? But so far, they've always been selling at auction for at least 90% of the current retail price and sometimes way higher.
Well.. MAO readers.. So.. Clearly I have no idea why so many
lemmings people are paying so much for collecting these.. What do you think?