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Sorry about not posting yesterday, I was out with the kids at Seattle Center (Daniel had rehearsals and I was having fun with Sharron), so no time to write up a post (I’m not as well organized as Raymond).

Microsoft’s got a pretty impressive art collection.  Some pieces are cool, some are merely controversial.

We had a huge internal debate the other day about this piece:

Yes, it’s a piece of notebook paper in a frame.  It isn’t until you get REALLY close to it that you realize that it’s a painting of a piece of notebook paper in a frame…


  • Where is the image you are referring to ?
  • Larry,

    forgive me for beeing frank, but this looks more like a little red cross in what looks like a small white rectangle inside a larger white rectangle. ;-)

    thomas woelfer
  • Sorry about that :( Forgot to check the HTML and Outlook messed it up.
  • Larry,

    hey - cool. here it is....

    looks like a piece of notebook paper in a frame. :-)

    thomas woelfer
  • There's nothing more powerful and at the same time frightening as a blank piece of paper.
  • Especially a painting of a blank sheet of paper :)
  • I wonder what my wife would do if I got a print of this and put it in the apartment...
  • Do you reckon the new Phillipe Starck intellimouse will make it into the art collection? ;-)
  • Nah, it IS pretty though.

    The Microsoft art collection's more into wierd pottery heads and things like "Skip to my Lou" (about 2/3rds the way down the page).

    Here's the official "Microsoft Art Collection" home page if you care:

  • Oh my, there's an entire official Skip To My Lou web site there...

    One day I'll write up what the Exchange team did to that particular piece of sculpture.
  • We already wrote it up and got quoted in the PI, no? First hit I ever saw for my name in google news alerts, yowtch. ;-)

    In my building we have two floors worth of art that just sucks. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that it sucks. One is a set of concentric circles that is probably computer generated. The other is a set of drawings that look like a first year drafting student's work.

    Fortunately, they are both redeemed by the wonderful comedic art of the guy standing in front of paintings at MOMA, wearing clothing that blends into each painting, particularly the one where he even wears a sash that matches the shadow *beneath* the painting.
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