Artist’s shit, 1961
Piero Manzoni (1933-1963)
90 small 30 grams cans , with a label advertising”Artist's Shit
Contents 30 gr net
Produced and tinned
in May 1961
in italian, english, french and german, that the artist priced basing the price on the current value of gold, are still nowadays considered one of the most genius and controversial art pieces ever seen.
Manzoni was one of the most notorious conceptual artists, his path is very similar to Yves Klein in the way of interpreting art and the artist role in determine its value and significance.
The artist’s shit is somehow a parody of how the art market had transformed and how anything that would come out of an artist would be bought at any price, breaking the distinction between artistic production and human production, and underlining how the fame of an artist could become more relevant than the quality of his work.
In 2015 tin 54 was sold at Christies for £182,500, a much more large sum than the artist had intended when giving it the value of gold, which in 1961 would have been around $1.12
dollar a gram, so about $37 a can.
The big question everyone still has is what is really inside the can.
An x-ray scan is impossible on the metal can, and opening a can would compromise its value, and also the mystery of the unknown real content.
Bernard Bazile did open one 1989 and exhibited as a radical avant garde arte piece, titled “Boîte ouverte de Piero Manzoni”. Inside the can there is another container, which he did not open fully keeping the mystery alive.
Hypothesis made by friends of the artists and other critics say that is really likely not at all to contain any feaces, but plaster or chalk, while other insists the label should be trust, anyway no one can ensure each can has actually the same content. —————————————— #anartlessonaday#art#artcurator#artblog#artfacts#artexplained#pieromanzoni#manzoni#can#artistsshit#shit#merdedartiste#merdadartista#concepptualart#bernardbazile#content#fakeadvertisement#ad#mystery#gold#goldvalue#artmarket#controversial#rebel#christies#subversive#artist#italianart
Пьеро Мандзони не всем приходится по вкусу.
И вопрос « Либо я тупой, это и правда Мандзони» уже не такой очевидный⠀
⠀Когда писала, тоже вспомнила 1+1 -банальный, но пример)
⠀Сейчас уже смотрю на Ларионова как на родного. Но помню подростком попала в Малаге на выставку авангардистов: стыдно, смешно и хочется уйти. Сейчас заходишь в Гараж @garagemca или Новую Третьяковку: скрывать не буду, чувства смешанные..
⠀@meduzapro рассказала, что музеи собираются перестраивать, так как посещаемость выросла на 70% за 7 лет. //Но и тут было уточнение, что есть тенденция: в музеи ходят не за искусством. А если и за ним, то 18+..
⠀Эпатаж же тоже когда-нибудь, закончится..
#допустим#современноеискусство#непонять#гараж#ммома #ЛарионовПлачет #хомопопуляриус#contemporaryart#merdadartista#themet#крадемкакхудожники#неискусствовед
Love this work by @pinovolpino I saw in Rome some weeks ago, as it takes reference to a work by one of my favorite Italian artists. In 1961, Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of “Artist's Shit“, claiming that each of them contained 30g of his own 💩. What sounds like a drink induced idea is really a very clever comment on the (commercial) art world. Is an established, critically acclaimed artist in the position to sell whatever shit he wants? Wouldn’t the selling of faeces perfectly match the wish of collectors to buy works that are as personally linked with the artist as possible? Would a work of art which revolves around the idea of an artist selling his shit lose its value if it didn’t really contain shit? Ironically, in order to determine what is inside, the work of art would have to be destroyed.
By the way: In 1961 Manzoni set the value of his 30g cans at the current prize of the equivalent weight in gold...37$ at the time. In 2016 one of the tins was auctioned off for €275,000. 😁👍🏻