In Retrospect: Santa Cons Art History


Join us every Saturday as we look back over a week’s worth of art gifts and sort the masterpieces from the merely creatively-sculpted lumps of coal, in retrospect.

— In retrospect, we’re a little disappointed there isn’t a Santa Classics wall calendar 2014, because we would’ve gotten one for everyone on our gift list.

— In retrospect, it’s also a shame that George Condo didn’t make more versions of the custom-painted handbag Kanye West commissioned him to create for Kim Kardashian, because we would’ve bought a bunch of those, too — art journalists, in case you didn’t know, make golden-bucket loads of cash.

— In retrospect, shouldn’t the Christmas-time flash mob choir and orchestra at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston have performed something more Bostonian, like, er, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston“?

— In retrospect, Pantone‘s choice of “Radiant Orchid” as the color of 2014 has everyone in the ARTINFO office placing bets on 2015’s color — we’re rooting for “Sumptuous Salvia.”

— In retrospect, Eugenio Merino should make a whole lunch of punching-ball sculptures featuring the heads of reviled politicians and tyrants; he would make millions!

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

(Image: Santa in Jacob Jordeans, “The Bean King,” 1659; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Via Santa Classics.)