Behold...Art?


Behold the Itallian artist Piero Manzoni. His art includes:

  • In 1961, he signed people to make them works of art. He also issued them varying colored stamps. A red stamp certified that the person was a full work of art. A yellow stamp certified that one of their body parts was a work of art. And a green stamp certified that the person was only a work of art under a certain condition like sleeping or running.
  • In 1960, Manzoni boiled eggs on a table, stamped his thumb print on them, handed them out to the audience and had his entire exhibit eaten in 70 minutes.
  • But perhaps he is best known for his putting his feces in 90 small tins and labeling them "Aritst's Shit." With 30 grams each, he sold them for the current price of gold. In 2002, one of the tins sold for over $40,000 to the Tate Gallery. Because they were "naturally preserved," around 45 of them have since exploded.
  • You can even visit his website.
And once again, a BIG thank you to Rusin Roundup for this award and I would like to pass it on to Less than Half a Nickel because she let me know that I was not the only one with no clue what "meme" means.

13 comments:

maxxo said...

i think i've heard of this guy. wasn't he part of some famous art movement?

R.E.H. said...

Now that's the second "artist" I've heard of with a fetish for his own feces...

Maybe I can get rich selling my urine in old coca-cola bottles? Or Pepsi bottles - I could call them Pee-psi! ;)

AY@tes said...

Thats art? Seriously? Contemporary art is just f**king weird. Although, if I had the opportunity to sell jars of my feces to a museum I'd be all over it too.

Sergeant "P" said...

Well, thanks!

Btw, Less Than Half a Nickel is a SHE :o)

I know, it's the "Sergeant P" part that throws people off...

odd facts said...

My most sincere apologies. Blogger identities are so confusing! I fixed the post.

coltfan said...

I am In the wrong business. 40 grand for a tin of crap , wonder what I could get for a cup of piss? I could sell it as recycled beer lmao . the world is going green ya know.

Family Adventure said...

Think I may pass on Manzoni...I mean I could deal with the eggs, but....

Heidi

kasper794 said...

I just don't know what to say other than what is this world coming too.

Pilgrim said...

Is he an artist or a really smart businessman?

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Chelle B. said...

My oh my, now this is offensive.

Just imagine what Monet's or Davinci's shit would be worth today!!

Chelle B.
The Offended Blogger

Magdito said...

I've heard about this guy before.. really quite a piece of work. (no pun intended, I assure you)

I can't remember the name of the concert, but it was this pianist who basically came in, sat on the piano bench, placed his hands on the keyboard and just sat there for X number of minutes, stood up, bowed, and walked off the stage to thunderous applause. What is this world coming to?

-Magda

odd facts said...

Good idea for a future post! It will be an artistic post of...white space!