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.