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FourteenRivers
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posted 09 January 2006 02:58 PM      Profile for FourteenRivers        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
The Dada movement made its name in the early 20th century by trying to destroy the conventional notion of art.

Taking literal inspiration from their exploits this week, a latter-day neo-Dadaist took a small hammer to Marcel Duchamp's Fountain, the factory-made urinal that is considered the cornerstone of Conceptual Art.

The assailant, a French performance artist named Pierre Pinoncelli, was immediately arrested after his act of vandalism on Wednesday, during the final days of the Dada exhibition at the Pompidou Centre. The porcelain urinal was slightly chipped in the attack and was withdrawn to be restored.

Pinoncelli, 77, who urinated into the same urinal and struck it with a hammer in a show in Nimes in 1993, has a long record of organizing bizarre happenings. Police officials said he again called his action a work of art, a tribute to Duchamp and other Dada artists.

Indeed, Fountain itself was rejected for being neither original nor art when Duchamp offered it for the first exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in New York in 1917. That version of the urinal, displayed upside down and signed R. Mutt, was subsequently lost. The Pompidou's Fountain is one of eight signed replicas made by Duchamp in 1964.

A 2004 poll of 500 arts figures ranked Fountain as the most influential work of modern art -- ahead of Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Andy Warhol's screen prints of Marilyn Monroe, and Guernica, Picasso's depiction of war's devastation.

The value of Fountain is estimated at $3.6-million US.



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CHCMD
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posted 09 January 2006 02:59 PM      Profile for CHCMD   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Aarrrggggggg - sidescroll
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 09 January 2006 03:00 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sounds like he needs someone to Picasso-ize his face, eh?
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FourteenRivers
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posted 09 January 2006 03:05 PM      Profile for FourteenRivers        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This fellow also chopped off his digit in a 2003 performance in Columbia:

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Pierre Pinoncelli, who is famous for his outrageous stunts, committed the act of self-mutilation at an art museum in the city of Cali on Sunday.

He said he was paying homage to Ingrid Betancourt, a candidate in last month's presidential election who was kidnapped by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas in February.



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Michelle
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posted 09 January 2006 03:08 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Could you please replace the URL I removed with one that doesn't cause sidescroll, so that you have a link to the excerpt you quoted? Thanks.
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oldgoat
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posted 09 January 2006 03:09 PM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

Ah, the lines, the symmetry, the inspired juxtaposition of textures and forms!

Why it makes me want to, er...umm...excuse me a minute.


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FourteenRivers
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posted 09 January 2006 03:12 PM      Profile for FourteenRivers        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sorry Michelle - I have lost it in cyberspace. Just google "urinal" and "News" and you'll probably find it or something similar. Great pic BTW! Is that the actual piece that was "vandalized"? Must have been tough hammering through that display case...
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Michelle
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posted 09 January 2006 03:17 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, if you wouldn't mind, I'd rather you google it and find it, since you posted it. I'm sorry, I know I'm taking a hard line here, but I'm not fixing long URLs anymore - I'm just deleting them now. The reason being they cause sidescroll. It's a waste of my time to fix every long URL, and Audra and I have been doing it long enough. It's up to you to fix your own post so that we're not violating copyright and there isn't sidescroll.

Thanks.


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