Yelp on Billionaires' Art: RUN RUN RUN

Yelp, the crowd-sourced review site, has long been a fount of peevish, David Brooks-like takes on contemporary art. Of late the rise of vanity museums and cancel culture has led to Yelpers criticizing not only the art but the billionaires who collected it. Here are a few recent one-star reviews of the Broad and the Marciano Art Foundation:

"The Broad is sadly lacking in art that is either memorable or creative. It's like a bunch of art dealers saw this rich couple coming, charming them with their art speak into buying quite a bit of junk."
Scott S.,  Salem, OR

"You should know what you're in for, it's art collected by people who made Guess jeans…" (Marciano)
Annie L., Los Angeles

"It's like the Broads got a majority of their art at a po-dunk garage sale."
Lauren C., Pasadena

"Money can't buy taste." (Marciano)
O G., Los Angeles

"Everyone has different tastes and all, but this was absolutely terrible." (Broad)
Yana A., San Diego

"Well, this is just another write off for the millionaire class.… How much is Marciano paying for his garment workers in the third world?"
Kathy V., Los Angeles

"Modern art is a scam. well known to anyone involved to be just a dick measuring contest. rich fools who partake, can feel they are deep by out bidding some other idiot for the pewter train set, or the really big table and chairs. it is embarrassing. the best part is that Eli Broad is so clueless that he enshrined his gullibility for humanity to laugh at for all eternity."
harty s., Los Angeles
Glenstone founders Mitchell and Emily Rales with Marin Puryear's Big Phrygian. Photo by Goran Kosanovic
It's not just an L.A. thing. Here's a Yelp review of Glenstone:

"The whole thing feels like the scene of a movie where there's a billionaire serial killer attracting beautiful people (srsly there are no ugly people around) to their ostentatious mansion collection to look at disturbing art… before being hung from meat hooks and tortured to death.… Seriously. That's why they went with that stone minimalist esthetic...easier to hose down the floors afterwards. Even one of the art said, 'Run. Run. Run. Run.'"
Kayla H., Washington, DC
RUN DOG RUN, says Christopher Wool (Broad installation)


Anonymous said…
Some of the those critics and cynics might be - might be - a bit more easygoing towards the upcoming Lucas museum. A lot of contemporary art is admittedly the flip side of a Norman Rockwell. Or, most certainly, a Thomas Kinkaide.

Art of the new likes to give off a Emperor-wearing-new-clothes tone and temperament.

But anything is better than what's being done at (or to) 5905 Wilshire Blvd.