Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Janine Antoni - Gnaw (1992)

So Janine Antoni took a 600 pound block on chocolate and a 600 pound block of lard, gnawed off some corners and sides with her own teeth, then fashioned the chewed lard into lipstick and the the chewed chocolate into heart shaped chocolate boxes without any chocolate in them. The lard and chocolate left behind on the large blocks are still as delicious today as they were in 1992.

Accolades go to Lydia A. for this highly ambitious two-part caption. (1992)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bonus leaking William Kentridge still!

Cai Guo-Qiang - Inopportune: Stage One (2004-08)

It took a Chinese artist to uncover how badassedly patriotic a car bomb can look. Way to go Cai. (2004-08)

Roy Lichtenstein - Atom Burst (1966)

Once again, huge thanks to Oriane S. for this quality submission.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tim Hawkinson - Balloon Self Portrait (1993)

Tim Hawkinson is a mad genius. (1993)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Guillermo Vargas - Eres Lo Que Lees (You Are What You Read) (2007)

Okay, listen now. I'm not posting this to contribute to the internet fracas surrounding whether or not this "starve a dog" piece actually happened, or its ethical implications etc. I just had to share how Graig R. found a perfectly tasteless way to work in that most classic of lolcaptions to a work of art that was probably a hoax in the first place. But seriously, did anyone take the time to translate the title before they made those facebook protest groups? (2007)

Bonus nude Vito Acconci!

Praise goes to Mark S. for merging this classic caption with this classic image of Vito Acconci biting himself.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Duane Hanson - Queenie II (1988)

Sculptor Duane Hanson is known for exacting replicas of individuals who appear to be of low-economic status. The rolling trash can is filled with the leftover bits of Madame Tussaud after the cleaning lady was through with her. (1988)

Roy Lichtenstein - Crying Girl (1964)

Another zinger from Oriane S.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Richard Prince - Untitled (Cowboy) (1989)

A hearty thanks goes to Oriane S for this quality submission.

Charles Ray - Unpainted Sculpture (1997)

Special thanks to Cameron W. for this special submission.

Gordon Matta-Clark- Office Baroque (1977)

Thats right, the Lolvant garde has returned from a lengthy hiatus. Please enjoy this new post along with some tantalizing reader contributions. You are the measure of how awesome that is.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Vito Acconci - Seedbed (1972)

Acconci was a poet. Then he masturbated under a ramp in a gallery where people were encouraged to walk around said ramp. He also cooed sexual fantasies at people using a microphone. People agree this is a brilliant piece because it took conceptual art to it's logical conclusion: replacing figurative masturbation with the real thing. 1972.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Yves Klein - Untitled Anthropometry (ANT 100), (1960)

"Neo-Dada" or "Postmodern" or whatever painter Yves Klein has this technique where he would use nude women as his "living brushes" on the canvas. Some folks have called this technique "anthropometry". I call it a party. 1960.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Joseph Beuys - How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965)

So this clever fellow cradled a dead rabbit in his arms, covered his head in honey and goldleaf, attached an iron slab to his boot and then whispered gently into the rabbit's ear. No wonder they called him Joseph "Sir Smoothesalot" Beuys.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Judy Chicago - The Dinner Party (1979)

Judy Chicago worked on this piece for five years just so she could say she was the first artist to serve up vagina on a plate. 1979.