Friday, January 06, 2006

I don't know much about modern art

But I know that this is confusing:
PARIS -- A 76-year-old performance artist was arrested after attacking Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" -- a porcelain urinal -- with a hammer, police said.

Duchamp's 1917 piece - an ordinary white, porcelain urinal that's been called one of the most influential works of modern art -- was slightly chipped in the attack at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the museum said Thursday. It was removed from the exhibit for repair.


During questioning, the man claimed his hammer attack on Wednesday was a work of performance art that might have pleased Dada artists.
That's a tough call, but I suspect they'd have been more pleased if he'd worn it around as a hat.

Anyway, it turns out that this is the second time the guy has vandalized the $3.6 million "artwork." Back in 1993, he actually peed into the thing, which shows that he's actually pretty deep or very funny.

Or maybe he just really needed to take a leak and saw an opportunity. Like I said, I don't know much about modern art.

Update: My father, having heard about the story, offers the distinct possibility that the guy is "nuts" and "maybe needs to be put away somewhere."

1 comment:

Muslihoon said...

I've never understood modern art myself. I prefer something with more meaning and aesthetic value, like paintings and portraits and stuff. Although Dali's work is sometimes amusing.