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March 19, 2013

"Transforming Vanitas Painting" — 3-hour loop of animated dead frog decomposing brings $108,000

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But wait, there's more: Three of the loops [screenshot above] were sold to collectors at the European Fine Art Fair, currently ongoing through March 24 in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Each of the three videos by Rob and Nick Carter sold for about $108,000.

From the artists' website: "Following on from their celebrated time-based work "Transforming Still Life Painting," this work is an homage to another Dutch Golden Age painting, this time by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Younger, made once again in collaboration with The Moving Picture Company. Bosschaert’s original painting is a rare and unforgettable vanitas scene that depicts a dead frog with flies. In the Carters' three-hour sequence, the dying frog passes from the last stages of life into a long period of decomposition."

Don't fret: The loop exists as an edition of 12, so I'm sure there's still one available if you just can't live without it.

[via the Wall Street Journal]

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