This time most of the artwork in play is owned by the new big dog on the street, Bretton James (played by the great Josh Brolin). His gentleman’s club-like apartment has at least one Warhol (a tondo Jackie that may or may not be an original) and Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Son that Bretton claims is a ‘study’ for the famous painting. Some way into the movie the billionaire grabs the painting in a fit of pique and - in a $US100 million plus gesture -slams it against a table ripping it to pieces (OK, that one’s a prop).
The Gekko has moved offices to London so he’s togged out in Brit art, most notably sculpture by Antony Gormley. These include a wire sculpture that Fanny Pereire (the art wrangler for the movies) claims, “hints that the character has been chastened but not beaten by his eight-year prison stint.” If you believe that you’ll believe anything. Art as metaphor, metaphor as art.
Image: Top, Gordon Gekko, Gormley and Jake Moore. Bottom, Bretton James trashes Goya