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Cochise
01-06-2006, 07:38 AM
Artist Accused of Vandalizing Urinal
Jan 06 8:50 AM US/Eastern
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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.

The suspect, a Provence resident whose identity was not released, already vandalized the work in 1993 - urinating into the piece when it was on display in Nimes, in southern France, police said.

During questioning, the man claimed his hammer attack on Wednesday was a work of performance art that might have pleased Dada artists. The early 20th-century avant-garde movement was the focus of the exhibit that ends Monday, police said.

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.

"Fountain" is estimated at $3.6 million. :spock:

Cochise
01-06-2006, 07:40 AM
Picture of the exquisite masterpiece:

http://www.beatmuseum.org/duchamp/fountain.html

sedated
01-06-2006, 07:41 AM
an ordinary white, porcelain urinal that's been called one of the most influential works of modern art


:shake:

WTF??!!


Steve-O should take a dump in that toilet, see what that raises the value to...

beavis
01-06-2006, 07:47 AM
Appropriate, given it's location.

Bwana
01-06-2006, 07:51 AM
Leave it to the frogs.

chagrin
01-06-2006, 07:55 AM
In a related story, I am going to attack Carl Peterson with a hammer in a display of performance art, stay tuned

Bob Dole
01-06-2006, 07:57 AM
During questioning, the man claimed his hammer attack on Wednesday was a work of performance art that might have pleased Dada artists.

Though he's obviously a loon, he's also correct...

Bacon Cheeseburger
01-06-2006, 07:57 AM
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KcMizzou
01-06-2006, 08:04 AM
The suspect, a Provence resident whose identity was not released, already vandalized the work in 1993 - urinating into the piece when it was on display in Nimes, in southern France, police said.
Ha! Good for him.

It's a f**king toilet, for Christ's sake.

Bob Dole
01-06-2006, 08:05 AM
Ha! Good for him.

It's a f**king toilet, for Christ's sake.

Which was pretty much Duchamp's point.

Fish
01-06-2006, 08:24 AM
Those artsy folks are really weird..............

Dartgod
01-06-2006, 08:35 AM
What I left in the toilet this morning was a work of art, I tell ya...

Rain Man
01-06-2006, 09:53 AM
Picture of the exquisite masterpiece:

http://www.beatmuseum.org/duchamp/fountain.html


My office has a replica of this piece. We keep it in the bathroom.

Bob Dole
01-06-2006, 09:55 AM
What I left in the toilet this morning was a work of art, I tell ya...

Not unless you named it.

Dartgod
01-06-2006, 09:58 AM
Not unless you named it.
Can't you read? I named it Work of Art.

I suppose Work of Bob would have been better, though.