MIAMI ART BASEL. Mr. Wilson wants to visit as many of the 258 dealers registered as possible. He and his wife, Laura Lee Brown, an artist and a part of Kentucky’s aristocracy — her grandfather was the founder of what is now Brown-Forman, the maker of Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort — were among an estimated 50,000 visitors perusing Art Basel’s $3 billion worth of art, a mix of works by Modern and contemporary masters, along with pieces by emerging stars. Total time: 37 minutes. Total sticker price for the three pieces: $117,000. But that wasn’t the end of the shopping spree.
The couple’s interest in art came together in 2006 when they created 21c, a combination museum and hotel in downtown Louisville, their hometown. It is filled with selections from their 1,600-piece collection by living artists. (By Friday afternoon, the two had bought more than 25 pieces.) Mr. Wilson generally negotiates with dealers for a museum discount. GREAT TAX WRITE-OFF, WHY YOU ARE PAYING TAXES AND THEY AREN’T.
Taking his wife by the arm to hurry her along, they return to look at the Benassi he bought earlier. Ms. Brown looks down at the 8-by-10-foot rectangle of red bricks on the floor. Each is etched with the name and registration number of a piece of space debris orbiting the Earth. The information is from a survey compiled by the National Security Agency.
“I don’t get it,” she quietly says.
I DON’T GET IT EITHER. AND IN CASE YOU DON’T GET IT, IT’S YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK ALLOWING THESE ARISTOCRATIC KENTUCKIANS TO SHOP LIKE THIS. FOR EVERY DOLLAR THEY DON’T PAY TAXES, THE 99% HAS TO MAKE IT UP! ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE RICH!