ALEKSEY DAYEN: Poem by Winans | New York | Jan 25
Boris liked his poetry (I brought him few books couple of years ago). Also Winans published Jack Micheline’s first and the only collection of short stories.
I SAW THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION DESTROYED
ALEKSEY DAYEN: NO!art ??? | New York | Jun 12
The work of art that didn't do what it said on the tin
When the Italian artist Piero Manzoni put his excrement into tin cans in the early 1960s and offered it as art, he said that he was exposing “the gullibility of the art-buying public”. Collectors and galleries that paid high prices for the tins including the Tate appeared even more gullible yesterday when it emerged that they contained not faeces, but plaster.
When the Italian artist Piero Manzoni put his excrement into tin cans in the early 1960s and offered it as art, he said that he was exposing “the gullibility of the art-buying public”.
Collectors and galleries that paid high prices for the tins including the Tate appeared even more gullible yesterday when it emerged that they contained not faeces, but plaster.
The tin at the Tate, for which the gallery paid £22,300 in 2000, is labelled Merda d’Artis-ta (Artist’s S***) 1961. Described by the Tate as a seminal work, it was No 4 of 90 cans made by Manzoni, each supposedly containing 30 grams of his excrement. A buyer paid €124,000 (£84,000) at an auction in Milan last month for tin No 18.
However, Agostino Bonalumi, who worked closely with Manzoni, recalled yesterday that he, Manzoni and a third young artist, Enrico Castellani, had rebelled against traditional art forms but had found no takers in Milan for their ideas.
“Piero said, ‘All these Milanese bourgeois bastards want is c***,’ ” Mr Bonalumi wrote in Corriere della Sera. He said that shortly afterwards Manzoni asked him and Castellani to his studio, where he showed them a can on which he had replaced the label with another on which he had written the words “Merda d’Artista”.
Mr Bonalumi said that “for decades since, many people have asked what was really inside the cans”. The answer was: “I can assure everyone that the contents were only plaster. If anyone wants to verify this, let them do so.”
Manzoni once said that he hoped that the cans would explode, and about half are reported to have done so. But none of the owners have revealed the contents. The cans, owned by the Tate, the Pompidou museum in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, are intact.
The Tate said yesterday that its can remained valid as a work of art. “Keeping the viewer in suspense is part of the subversive humour of the work,” a spokesperson told The Times.
In a letter to a friend before his death from drink and drugs at the age of 29, Manzoni said: “If collectors really want something intimate, really personal to the artist, there’s the artist’s own s***. That is really his.” Manzoni, born near Cremona in 1933, used phosphorescent paint and cobalt chloride for his paintings, so that the colours altered over time. He also made “pneumatic sculptures” containing his own breath.
The shock art pioneer Marcel Duchamp’s works included Fountain, a urinal exhibited in New York in 1917
1966’s Destruction in Art Symposium in London featured Herman Nitsch’s Orgies of Mystery Theatre, a music and dance display amid dismembered animal corpses. Organisers were charged with indecency
David Mach’s Polaris (1983), a protest against nuclear war, featured 6,000 used tyres in the shape of a submarine. One irate visitor to the Hayward Gallery died attempting to set it alight
Rachel Whiteread displayed House, a full-size cast of an East London home, in a public park in 1993. It was demolished after an outcry
Sarah Lucas installed a working toilet in the Institute of Contemporary Art as part of a 1997 show. Several visitors to the opening night used it>
Myra (1997), by Marcus Harvey, depicted the Moors murderer Myra Hindley with children's handprints, and was attacked by protesters
Source: Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute of Glasgow University; Minnesota State University
I wonder, if I should write a poem about blowing snot into a tissue, or an opera about hemoroids, what would they pay for that? Artsy people may be intelligent, but when it comes to essential common sense, they're a few chips short of a chippy.Nancy, Glens Falls , USA NY
Brilliant! Brilliant!! Vive Marcus Harvey!Stephen, Surrey, BC Canada
It seems that taste and decency have no place in this modern world.Ken Wyatt, Todmorden, UK
It evokes the question: How much is a tin with a copy of the Times inside worth?Paul Medhurst, Vienna, Austria
I find that the people who advocate that they are artists, and have no obvious ability in the subject, tend to make up for this by going to extremes such as this. This is clearly an act of a desperate person, who cannot find any other way of earning a living. However more fool to the purchases of the tins.Peter Hagan, Liverpool, England
My Granny`s greatest condemnation was "He/they/she has got more money than sense". I, being of a different generation, did not really understand. Granny you were right.Peter Bolt (now aged 69), Redditch, UK
DIETMAR KIRVES to NAOMI T. SALMON: Take me | Berlin | Jun 24
Simon says: "Take me by the word."
CLAYTON PATTERSON: The homeless man | New York | Dec 25
As it keeps getting colder, and Patrick sits for hours on the metal garbage containerhe will eventually get pneumonia and die. The Bloomberg empire of billionaires are eating up our community. It is like a plague of locusts that are eating their way through the old LES. thanks Clayton>
PS. Patrick was sleeping in the hallway of the building- cops came and he got kicked out. thx cp.