Art Crimes
November 19, 2002 1:33 PM   Subscribe

Art Crimes. With a new Tracy Emin exhibition at the Stedilijk, who knows what an afternoon holds.
posted by plexi (18 comments total)

 
Good post. I have much less of a problem with the damaging of an easily replicatable piece of art (especially if it's Emin shite) than a Rembrandt.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 2:43 PM on November 19, 2002


interesting link. i'm all for the notion that museums are fortresses to be infiltrated. reminds me of the bjork video where she throws a bomb into a gallery...
posted by jcruelty at 3:54 PM on November 19, 2002


DON'T CROSS THE STREAMS!
posted by pekar wood at 4:05 PM on November 19, 2002


From the site: 52 year old Crofton, described as "a genuine artist", from North London was quoted saying "I have nothing against Creed, although I do not think his work can be considered as art."

Bahahaha!
posted by Danelope at 4:23 PM on November 19, 2002


I doubt they'll go for Tracy Emin again.

I have much less of a problem with the damaging of an easily replicatable piece of art (especially if it's Emin shite) than a Rembrandt.

On the contrary, as an artistic gesture, messing with something really highly-prized, carries much more weight. Even Rembrandts are too numerous and accessible. Give us a show. Squirt mayonnaise on a Vermeer. Poop on a Titian.
posted by liam at 4:25 PM on November 19, 2002


pekar wood - sound advice
posted by Pretty_Generic at 4:26 PM on November 19, 2002


I don't think Emin's work is utter garbage, but one can safely say that her filthy bed or a polaroid of her own dookie will not be something which future generations will study as masterpieces of the twentieth century.

But vandalizing, urinating upon, slashing with carpet knives, bopping with baseball bats or hammers property which is not one's own is intolerable. I may be junk, but peeing on it ain't gonna make it any better.
posted by hama7 at 4:55 PM on November 19, 2002


I may be junk, but peeing on it ain't gonna make it any better.

*giggles uncontrollably*
posted by Stan Chin at 4:56 PM on November 19, 2002


I'm glad you like that, Stan. Just don't tell me it's raining.

It may be junk. Other kooks have done things such as taking a sledge hammer to Michelangelo's Pieta or attacking the Mona Lisa.
posted by hama7 at 5:03 PM on November 19, 2002


Strange, when I saw the phrase 'Art Crimes' as a link I was terribly surprised to see that it wasn't this website.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 5:23 PM on November 19, 2002


Guud pust. I hefe-a mooch less ooff a prublem veet zee demegeeng ooff un ieseely repleeceteble-a peeece-a ooff ert (ispeceeelly iff it's Imeen sheete-a--Bork Bork Bork!) thun a Rembrundt, um de hur de hur de hur...
posted by y2karl at 5:27 PM on November 19, 2002


To be frank, I see no obvious reason why you have replicated my words in the guise of the Swedish Chef. But it is a deadly conversational gambit, and I take my hat off to you.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:35 PM on November 19, 2002


y2karl, don't be a dick. Leave that to Stan Chin.
posted by four panels at 5:36 PM on November 19, 2002


Ahh, the Swedish Chef gambit.



Who hasn't thought about urinating while looking at Duchamp's Fountain? How passe.
posted by eddydamascene at 8:04 PM on November 19, 2002


Poor Cathedra! In addition to be molested by "a frustrated artist who told authorities he 'didn't hate all art, just abstract art and realism'," it suffered the double indignity of having served merely as a target of convenience, as the critic's first choice was unavailable to receive his comments.
posted by taz at 2:38 AM on November 20, 2002


Who hasn't ...
It's been done before. (see #17)
posted by pekar wood at 5:00 AM on November 20, 2002


From the last link, about the two "mad" Chinese performance artists:

Cai and Xi take their work very seriously, despite frequently collapsing in giggles while talking about it.
posted by gottabefunky at 7:09 AM on November 20, 2002


What Duchamp did with the urinal no longer surprises me, what surprises me is the idea that they had urinals back then.

--David Berman
posted by jonz at 10:47 PM on November 21, 2002


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