Thursday, January 12, 2006

Performance art

Last week, a 76-year-old man was arrested after attacking Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" - a porcelain urinal - with a hammer.

During questioning, the man claimed his hammer attack was a work of performance art that might have pleased Dada artists.

For those of you who haven't the faintest idea on what I'm going on about, here's a quick briefing: "Fountain" is estimated at $3.6 million; in 2004 a poll of 500 arts figures ranked it as the most influential work of modern art, ahead of Pablo Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" and "Guernica" and Andy Warhol's screen prints of Marilyn Monroe !!

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