Roger Federer is amazing as an artist. But seeing him become a piece of art is pretty amazing, too. Jean-Pierre Blanchard, a performance speed-artist, did this painting of Federer in four minutes last month in Zurich.
It sold at auction, for charity, for $20,000. That’s $5,000 a minute.
Starving artist? This guy is making more than $80 a second. Reminds me of an old Saturday Night Live bit where Picasso was scribbling something in seconds to pay for his restaurant and bar tabs. “I’m Picasso!” he’d say.
“For the artist,’’ Blanchard once told The Coffee Connoisseur, “all thoughts, all matter, all techniques are a pretest for this creative research. The truth is in the passion that one puts there.’’
I did some research on Blanchard, but there was one problem: I didn’t understand a word these art critics wrote. Apparently, Blanchard is French, and trained classically. And he believes that a combination of music and body movements allows him to make some sort of statement. My own artistic impression is that he’s kind of cool, even better than those guys at Disneyworld. Check out the video.