Friday, December 28, 2007
Folks refer to this fellow as the Japanese Warhol, but did Warhol ever depict a badass anime guy with spikey hair whipping the semen coming from his member into skillful lasso with a triumphant expression on his face? I think not. 1998.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Sculptor Antony Gormley fills huge spaces with tens of thousands of tiny terracotta people on the floor. At first you feel ovewhelmed and touched by the sublime and humble representation of a whole nation's population. As soon as that fades you get the irresistible urge TO SMASH! 1991.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Chris Burden was supposed to deliver a lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago today but it was canceled. Boo. Many have speculated the cancellation to be a new performance entitled "Not Showing Up (2007)", but in fact it was because of inclement Chicago weather.
Caption credit and thanks go to Jenna D.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
"Body Artist" Orlan (one name) made a slot machine that looked like her (nude) body and placed herself behind it. Folks could but 5 francs into the slot at the top and it would drop into a little pile of coins where her crotch would be. As a reward she gave the viewer a nice smooch. Later she would give up public smooching and instead turn to public presentation of her own surgeries. 1976.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
So this guy Matthew Barney made a series of films based around this muscle that can raise and lower the scrotum and regulate the temperature of the testis. Kids love it. 1995-1999.
Bonus fun: vote on your favorite lolBarney in the comments thread OR submit your own lolBarneys.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
It turns out this Christo guy really enjoys wrapping large objects. Simple as that. 1997-98.
Another thank you goes to contributer Jenna D. for the submission.
Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan creates an enormous full room installation just to show the pope being crushed to death by a meteorite. Italians were kind of pissed. Many others sort of chuckled. 1999.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Conceptual artist John Baldessari makes another work showing how he likes to appropriate images and block out people's faces with big dots. Part of a series, available in different colors. 2005.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Video artist Pipilotti Rist sings her own version of John Lennon's Happiness is a Warm Gun, bare breasted and in blurry fast motion. 1986.
Enjoy this pre-thanksgiving bonus lolvant garde, thanks to a submission from contributor Jenna D.
Heavily influenced by "Viennese actionism", Paul McCarthy erects an enormous forest installation and intimately plants two animatronic men making love to the foliage within. Fun fact: the false trees in the installation were used on the set of popular television program Bonanza. 1991-1992.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Ubiquitous pop artist Andy Warhol silk screens the repeated images of horrifying vehicular accidents on canvas, likening the temporary fame of tragedy to that of the celebrities he painted in the same manner. 1963.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Video and photo artist Sam Taylor-Wood films a naked man dancing jubilantly to techno music and then presents the footage in slow motion, accompanied by Samuel Barber's classic "Adagio for Strings". Also of note: the small plush brontosaurus happily residing in the corner. 1995.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Known for sculpting pop and political icons in compromising positions, Daniel Edwards delights the world by molding a nude Britney Spears giving birth atop a bear skin rug on all fours. 2006.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The self proclaimed "grandmother of performance art" Marina Abramovic takes a metal brush and a metal comb and destroys her hair for awhile in front of a camera. 1975.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
"Young British Artist" Damien Hirst stumbles across a old dead shark that he had lying around, then decides to lay it in a big vatrine and pickle it in formaldehyde. 1991.