Vandalism? Or artistic expression?

Flex your mind muscles. Think about what art is. Think about it long and hard.

This NY Times article about the vandal (or is it art?) attack against Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain should do the trick.

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2 comments to Vandalism? Or artistic expression?

  • I deplore vandalism in any form, waged against anything, be it a building foundation or a priceless work of art. Therefore, taking a hammer to or urinating on/in FOUNTAIN is vandalism. Period. My personal definition of art does not include a factory made urinal, an unmade bed with dirty underwear or the Crucifix in urine. Art may not always be beautiful, in fact, it may be disturbing, but it should rise above a dirty unmade bed!It is offensive, to me, to place “Art” and “dirty unmade bed” in the same category. It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; perhaps so is art.

  • Patricia Simoneau

    I agree. I am tired of psychotic cretins like this defacing the work and property of others then attempting to deflect any accusations of criminal intent (and therefore any legal and/or financial responsibility as a direct result of their abhorrent behaviour) by veiling these acts under the guise of “art”. Just so we’re clear, the definition of “psychosis” follows: A severe mental disorder, with or without organic damage, characterized by derangement of personality and loss of contact with reality and causing deterioration of normal social functioning. Please note the last part of that statement: “derangement of personality and loss of contact with reality and causing deterioration of normal social functioning.” I summize that this is a fitting diagnosis, given the actions outlined in the article. These “performances” are NOT art. Deficating and urinating and smearing your DNA on any private or public property, be it a work of art or a sidewalk, is filth. Disgusting, unmitigated filth. And this guy needs to get back on his medication. Quickly.