Blunder at Sotheby’s
09 May, 2013
Blunder at Sotheby’s
Lado Gudiashvili is the 20th century eminent Georgian painter. He is this Nation’s pride and wealth, whose outstanding legacy is lovingly praised by the entire contemporary Georgia and treasured in our hearts and minds forever. We know him, we value him and we are clearly aware of his worth. His famous masterpieces are unmistakably recognizable by the young and old alike.
He is the cherished symbol of Georgian talent as such... and behold... one of his paintings will be put up
at the Sotheby’s in London on June 3, 2013 as a work by a Russian painter. Russian, not Georgian! If this is true, I will consider the fact a criminal exploit of art traders at Sotheby’s, not just an accidental professional blunder or a regular immoral act, because the Sotheby’s professionals cannot be as naive and ignorant as that.
They say the starting price of the piece is somewhere between 400 to 600 thousand pounds, and the owner’s name has not yet been declared. Well, the higher the price the loftier the pride! We are only glad to know that our compatriot is valued that much, but selling the exclusive Georgian art as the Russian one may not be tolerated anymore because we are no longer going to be the victims of historical neglect and disregard. Why Russian? Enough is enough! Incidents like this one have a proclivity to be turning into a vicious tendency at the Sotheby’s – last year they sold another Gudiashvili for 937 thousand pounds. The world has become so small, and political geography is so accessible for learning at school that confusion of that magnitude is simply unnatural. And I will never insult the Sotheby’s players to qualify them so badly unknowledgeable in the origins of the art samples they are trying to auction off. I definitely smell rat in the situation. Sotheby’s experts and auctioneers probably think that qualifying a piece of art as ‘Russian’ gives them a bigger chance for gainful deals. ‘Russia is a famous giant and Georgia is a little unlikely spot on the map’ – could be a possible version of thinking in their callous heads. What an unfortunate thinking! Good and valuable art may not be geopolitical. It is simply art – either good or bad, or just mediocre. Why should it have to do with deliberate change of nationality? On the other hand, if my judgment is wrong, and there is no feint in the deal, then we will have to recognize that at Sotheby’s the ignorance is rampant, and brutal indifference towards national feelings of the peoples of the world is out of control. This has to be punished at once! Why should anyone want to call the Georgian painter Russian without reason? Why Russian? Why not French? Incidentally, Gudiashvili has spent part of his life in France, not in Russia. The answer is that the appellation ‘Russian’ must have a certain specific value when it comes to art trade at Sotheby’s, or at any other solid art auction venue in the world. Who cares what a Georgian’s heart might feel due to somebody’s ‘accidental mistake’? Who cares whether it is Georgian or Russian. Just sell and be done with! Ladies and gentlemen of most respectful Sotheby’s, the individual talent and intelligence, living within a nation make the image of that nation in the family of nations of the world. And that image might mean the happiness and wellbeing of the nation-possessor of the talent. Therefore, you cannot but be careful with what you call who. This is maltreatment of those who you should be helping – not hurting. Your violently cruel attitude towards the entire nation, be it ignorance or deliberate mischief, may egregiously diminish the Georgian people’s chance to be better off, playing its God-given role on the planet. Please remember, we are an independent happy nation, finally free from the Russian empire. And this means a lot to us!

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