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Bricks, Dung, Sharks & Unmade Beds: The World Of 'Modern Art'

Swifty

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High on his own supply?

Reminds me of the old*, emetic joke about a spittoon. Bloke lost a bet and had to take a sip from the spittoon.

He swallowed the lot, because it all came out in one lump! :puke2:

*It's a sign how whiskery this joke is that spittoon needs a footnote. It also needs the spell-checker, as I wrote it as "spitoon" originally.
He probably wanted to swim in it or something? .. I don't want to think about it too much ..
 

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What's even less fungible than a non-fungible token? Somebody paid $18,000 for a sculpture that existed only in the artist's imagination.

SOURCE: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1002018211/italian-artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-for-real-money


https://www.newsweek.com/italian-artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-more-18000-1596608

One born every minute, a fool and his money are soon parted (add your own proverb for stupid people here)

OK - "What a fucking idiot"
 

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The Sperm Tank?, maybe he got it mixed up with The Sperm Bank
 

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I was in a botanical garden today, for some relaxation and croquet. There were some speakers there, apparently as an art installation. What did they play? Soothing harp music? Animal sounds? No, an assortment of phone ringtones and message notifications.
 

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What's even less fungible than a non-fungible token? Somebody paid $18,000 for a sculpture that existed only in the artist's imagination.

SOURCE: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1002018211/italian-artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-for-real-money


https://www.newsweek.com/italian-artist-sells-invisible-sculpture-more-18000-1596608
It's already been done by Yves Klein. Quite cool, he let himself be paid in gold that was then ceremoniously thrown into the Seine, or so. Too lazy to Google.
 

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I don't think this is great art but the execution is nifty.
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This Danish artist seems to be competing with Banksy to see who can satirize, scandalize, and maybe 'scam' the art world in the most blatant manner ...
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Danish artist pockets museum's cash, declares it conceptual art

A Danish artist who was loaned $85,000 cash by a museum to use in a pair of artworks instead turned in two empty frames under the title, Take the Money and Run.

Lasse Andersson, director of the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, said the facility loaned artist Jens Haaning $85,000 in Danish kroner banknotes to recreate two of his earlier works that featured cash in a frame. ...

The works, titled An Average Danish Annual Income and An Average Austrian Annual Income, had been intended for an exhibition at the museum about working life. The original pieces had featured cash in a frame representing annual incomes for average workers in Denmark and Austria.

Andersson said museum officials opened the box they received from Haaning, expecting to find new versions of the cash pieces, but instead found two empty frames.

"Haaning sent us an email saying he thought it was more interesting to do a new work, and it was called Take the Money and Run" ...

Andersson said officials are now concerned that Haaning will not abide by his agreement to return the cash to museum Jan. 14, 2022, when the exhibition is scheduled to close. ...

Haaning told DR he has no plans to return the money.

"Of course I will not pay it back," he said. "The work is that I took the money and I will not give it back." ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/0...-of-Modern-Art-Aalborg-Denmark/6481632853510/
 

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Russian painting vandalised by ‘bored’ gallery guard who drew eyes on it​

News story

Of course, this "modern art" is now about a century old, but maybe the Russian gallery should introduce checks on their staff recruitment? He didn't improve it!
 

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An upcoming Sotheby's auction will offer a 1959 receipt for an invisible artwork by Yves Klein, who may have been the original creator of what we now know as NFTs and blockchains.
Receipt for invisible artwork by Yves Klein expected to fetch up to $551,000

Auction house Sotheby's said it expects to fetch up to $551,000 for an unusual item -- a receipt for a piece of invisible art by French artist Yves Klein.

Sotheby's said Klein sold numerous pieces of imaginary art, which he dubbed Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility, in exchange for a weight of pure gold, and he would issue receipts to the buyers. ...

The receipt up for auction April 6 is dated Dec. 7, 1959, just a few years before the artist's death in 1963.

The auction house said the receipts are rare today because Klein invited buyers to participate in a ritual that involved burning the receipt and throwing half of the gold into the Seine River in order to make the buyer the "definitive owner" of the conceptual artwork.

The receipt ... is one of 100 items being auctioned by Sotheby's on behalf of art advisor and former gallery owner Loic Malle.

Sotheby's said Klein's conceptual artwork predicted the rise of cryptocurrency and the exchange of non-fungible tokens, or NFTs.

"Some have likened the transfer of a zone of sensitivity and the invention of receipts as an ancestor of the NFT, which itself allows the exchange of immaterial works," the auction catalog states. "If we add that Klein kept a register of the successive owners of the 'zones,' it is easy to find here another revolutionary concept -- the 'blockchain.'" ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...isible-artwork-receipt-auction/9491648058376/
 

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Some have likened the transfer of a zone of sensitivity and the invention of receipts as an ancestor of the NFT, which itself allows the exchange of immaterial works," the auction catalog states. "If we add that Klein kept a register of the successive owners of the 'zones,' it is easy to find here another revolutionary concept -- the 'blockchain.'" ...

That's bullshit but it's also correct :)

Listen to the story about the immovable, invisible, sunk stone used as currency here: around 7:30:

 
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The Hackney Sharks

On Regents Canal. They won the yearly Antepavilion art prize in 2020.

Inspired by the Headington Shark, now removed.

Only 1 currently in the canal.
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This was their original setting before a combination of Hackney Council & the Canal & Waterways Trust objected. I think the case is currently under appeal. They were originally planned to sing as well. I’m not sure if they ever did.
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A New Zealand artist is asking NZ$10,000 for a pickle taken off a McDonald's cheeseburger and flung onto a gallery's ceiling.
Flung pickle token: artist asks $10,000 for McDonald’s burger ingredient

A NZ$10,000 artwork consisting of a single slice of pickle plucked from a McDonald’s cheeseburger and flung on to the ceiling of an Auckland art gallery is a deliberately “provocative gesture” designed to question what has value, the artist’s gallery says.

The work, titled Pickle, belongs to Sydney-based Australian artist Matthew Griffin, and is one of four new works in Fine Arts, Sydney’s exhibition in Auckland hosted at Michael Lett Gallery.

Some fans are relishing in the work calling it “genius” and “brilliant”; others have called it “moronic”. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.theguardian.com/artandd...st-asks-10000-for-mcdonalds-burger-ingredient
 

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I'm sure you've seen the reaction video of women in Afghanistan being show Duchamp's 'Fountain' (the urinal) and told by a hapless English teacher that it's a seminal work of western art.

Clearly they wouldn't be sophisticated enough to perceive the genius behind the flung pickle.

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I'm sure you've seen the reaction video of women in Afghanistan being show Duchamp's 'Fountain' (the urinal) and told by a hapless English teacher that it's a seminal work of western art.

Clearly they wouldn't be sophisticated enough to perceive the genius behind the flung pickle.

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I have little to no interest in "modern" or "conceptual" art of this nature; however, Duchamp's "Fountain" is of historical import. It was a subversive and novel statement at the time.

Similar endeavours years/decades/a century later are unnecessary and puerile to say the least. The issue with acts/objects like this is that they are one and done. Likewise the Italian artist who canned his own shit as "art." Something these two things have in common is that they are at least funny.
 

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Very valid but artists wouldnt understand that.

All they want to do is get a reaction.
 

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An artist has been selling cans of his own urine for a price equivalent to their weight in silver in London, outside the Tate Modern.
Londoners completely baffled as 'cans of urine' being sold for £500 outside Tate Modern

Londoners have been left completely baffled as 'cans of urine' are being sold for £500 outside the Tate Modern. British artist, Gavin Turk, is behind the canned urine. He began selling aluminium cans of his own urine in 2021 for £333, the cost of the equivalent weight in silver. ...

A picture of a fridge of canned urine was posted to Reddit, with the caption: "You can now buy a can of urine for £500 next to the Tate Modern." Londoners found the sale both hilarious and confusing. One wrote: "It's all fun and games until a confused tourist buys one and starts drinking it."

Another said: "That just about sums up modern art," while one asked: "Do you drink it, what do you do with it?" And many people made the joke: "£500! That's just taking the p***." Others couldn't believe that cans of urine were on sale, being convinced that "it's a joke". ...
FULL STORY: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/oth...eing-sold-for-outside-tate-modern/ar-AA12vCIY
 

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There has always been the argument that art - in whatever form - is created by the artist to inspire an emotional response.
In it's immediate statement, it sounds reasonable. It's a definition of art.
However, it's lacking in many other factors that makes "art". How much effort was put into it? What was the intention of the creator? Did the artist actually create something or did they utilise someone elses creation?
A brutal attack on a person, murder, war crimes "inspire an emotional response" but no one would call the criminal an artist.

It's far harder to define what makes good art because, like humour, it's subjective. And this lack of definition is frequently being used as an excuse to demand lots of money from gullible people. Just calling something 'art' and claiming responsibility doesn't actually make it so.
 

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The UK artist known as Mr. Doodle has completed his 2-year project to cover all surfaces in his mansion with oodles of doodles.

British artist covers entire mansion in doodles

A British artist known as Mr. Doodle caused a viral sensation when he unveiled the result of a two-year project to cover every inch of his 12-room mansion in doodles.

Mr. Doodle, aka Sam Cox, unveiled "The Doodle House" in a time-lapse YouTube video that showed the process of his transforming the Tenterden, Kent, mansion into an art project over the course of two years. ...

Cox's mansion is now covered inside and out in the artist's doodles, including surfaces such as the kitchen appliances and his bed sheets.

Cox said he used about 240 gallons of white paint on the inside of his house and 401 cans of black spray paint for the outside to create a surface for his drawings, which were made with 2,296 pens. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/10/04/artist-covers-entire-home-in-doodles/9171664913862/
 
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